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Heating your home

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Energy prices are high, but heating your home is easier and cheaper if it is well insulated and your heating works properly.

  • Draught-proof doors and windows, insulate the loft, lag the hot-water tank and pipes, and consider getting cavity-wall insulation. These measures will help to keep your home warm and your bills down – and you may be able to get financial help to put them in place. The Energy Saving Trust or Home Heat Helpline can advise you. For more energy-saving tips see our free information guide Save energy, pay less.
  • Have your heating system serviced each year and check that it’s working before the cold weather starts. Gas heating must be serviced by a Gas Safe-registered engineer. Visit the Gas Safe website to find out how to check their licence, or to find a registered engineer in your area.
  • Ask your energy supplier about their Priority Services Register, a service for older and disabled people.
  • You could be eligible for financial help from the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme if you’re on a low income, receive certain means-tested benefits such has Pension Credit, or live in a home that would be costly and difficult to make more energy efficient. To find out whether you’re eligible, contact the Energy Saving Trust.
  • Check your current energy tariff and shop around to see if you can get a better deal.
  • Contact your energy supplier if you’re having difficulty paying your bills. Companies should not disconnect all-pensioner households during winter months.

Download our Winter wrapped up guide for more tips on keeping warm in winter:

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Campaign for Warm Homes

We're calling on the Government to reform its energy efficiency programmes to enable all older people to live in a warm home.

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