During lockdown, and throughout the covid pandemic we have all been staying at home more, leading to higher energy bills or being in a cold home for longer. All while many of us are earning considerably less.
Many more people are likely to be struggling to pay their fuel bills and keep their homes warm this year.
Heating your home to at least 18°C is important for your health and immune system, especially if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a long-term heart or lung condition, diabetes or are pregnant.
The same health conditions impacted by cold indoor temperatures are also those that put people are higher risk from Covid-19.
This year it’s even more important to get support if you need help to keep your home warm.
Need support to keep your home warm and your energy bills low?
The free energy and money saving advice service, LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership), can help in Brighton & Hove.
LEAP’s local energy advisor could help you:
- find a cheaper energy deal
- fit free energy saving kit in your home, such as lightbulbs or draught proofing
- check if you’re eligible for insulation or even a new boiler.
Book a free energy advice call today:
- Apply online at: www.applyforleap.org.uk
- Call free on: 0800 060 7567 (8.45am–7pm, Monday to Friday or 9am–12noon, Saturday)
Applying for the service is quick and easy. It's available to homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants who meet any of the following criteria:
- have a low income
- receive tax credits
- receive housing benefit
- receive an income or disability related benefit
- have a long term illness or disability
LEAP is nationally funded under the Warm Home Discount scheme.
Top tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home
- Heat your home to at least 18°C
- Keep your bedroom at 18°C all night if you can – and keep bedroom windows closed
- Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time
- Have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm
- Have hot drinks regularly
- Babies should sleep in rooms between 16°C and 20°C
- Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- Get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
Find out more about cold weather and Covid-19
- NHS – How to stay well in winter guide
- Age UK – Top tips to keep warm & well
- Public Health England – Coping with cold weather & Covid-19