Staying warm this winter
Published on 06 September 2017 11:22 AM
A free home energy check for the over 50s with Age UK Oldham can help to ensure that your home is warm and energy-efficient during the cold winter months, and may even save you money on your bills.
Being cold can be particularly dangerous for older people. As we get older, our bodies react differently to the cold weather and can take longer to warm up.
Keeping warm both inside and outside is vitally important, especially during the cold winter months. Exposure to the cold can make older people more vulnerable to certain health problems including arthritis, asthma and influenza. Cold weather causes blood to thicken and increases blood pressure, which raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Take a look at the Age UK winter wrapped up guide for advice on preparing for winter and where you can turn to for information and support.
How we can help
Age UK Oldham can offer a free home energy check, carried out by our experience energy advisor.
Usually taking less than an hour the advisor will make checks on items such as temperature and draughts as well as offer advice on making your home as energy efficient as possible and reducing your energy bills.
They may also be able to install a range of appropriate energy efficient equipment free of charge such as:
- Energy saving bulbs
- Radiator foils (to reflect heat back into the room)
- Cold alarms to alert a drop in room temperature
- Draft proofing for windows and doors
- Timers for lamps
- Night lights
- We may also be able to provide fleece blankets and electric blankets
Our advisor will also leave you a Keeping Warm Guide and room thermometer, and will be able to recommend other Age UK Oldham services such as a free and confidential benefit check to ensure you are getting everything you are entitled to.
If your boiler is 10 or more years old, you may be eligible for the Oldham Council Warm Homes Boiler Replacement Scheme. Click here for more details.
We also offer a boiler service for only £55, which can be paid in two installments.