Help to keep your home warm
Living in a cold home can damage your health. So our Warm Homes programme is designed to help you stay warm and well through the cold months.
The Warm Homes programme can help you in 2 ways:
- help increase your income to pay for energy bills
- help make your home more energy efficient so you can stay warm in the winter
How Warm Homes can help
Over 90 local Age UKs across England and Wales are currently offering the Warm Homes programme. Here's how the programme can help you keep your home warm.
Benefit entitlement sessions
These one-to-one sessions usually take place in your home. Their purpose is to:
- increase your income by making sure you've applied for all the benefits you're entitled to
- provide support through the benefits application process
In 2017/18, our benefit entitlement sessions identified nearly £50 million of unclaimed benefits. For each person who used the Warm Homes programme, that was an average of £3500 per year.
"The visit was so helpful. I value my independence but realise that I can ask for help when needed and not struggle alone."
Home energy checks
In a home energy check, a trusted handyperson will visit your home to check how energy efficient it is. The handyperson can fit appropriate equipment to increase the energy efficiency. This includes things like:
- energy saving light bulbs
- draught excluders
- reflective radiator panels
The handyperson can also offer practical tips to help you keep your fuel bill down.
"My husband is disabled and needs to be warmer all the time. The home energy check has helped a lot and with the extra knowledge we know how to keep warm without spending more money."
In both of these one-to-one session we will also:
- provide advice on keeping warm and saving energy
- offer free Age UK information guides that may be useful
- refer you to local services you may find helpful