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You probably already know quite a lot about staying warm in your home and how to cope with a Scottish winter, but there may be even more you can do to stay warm and to manage your energy bills. Age Scotland’s Warm and Well guide explains about how to make your home energy efficient, manage your bills, keep your home warm, benefit the environment and stay as well as you can over winter.

Warm and Well

Many aspects of energy efficiency are simply common sense, but its worth checking that you know how to use your heating efficiently, and make sure it is checked regularly.

It is important not to let your house be too cold, you should aim for a temperature of between 18-21C to reduce your risk of health problems.

Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme could help you to maximise your income, reduce your fuel bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Home Energy Scotland can:

  • Give advice on lowering your bills making your home warmer.
  • Check your entitlement to benefits and Warm Home Discount help from your energy supplier
  • Check your entitlement to insulation for your home
  • Check whether you qualify to apply for help with a new central heating system or boiler, draught-proofing, further insulation and help with energy efficiency
  • Support you in switching your energy supplier via Citrus Energy

For more information see the Home Energy Scotland website.

You may also want to contact you energy supplier and join their priority services register, particularly if you rely on medical equipment which needs mains power. If you are on the register your supplier will know they need to try to reconnect you quickly if there is a power cut.

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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