Staying Warm and Healthy in Winter
Staying Warm in Winter
If you are vulnerable and on a low income we can assist you to stay warm.
Boiler repairs, service and replacement
We offer support for those in need of a new boiler, boiler or central heating repairs if you, boiler service, or those who need central heating installing (for people over 65 or those with children and in receipt of benefits or on low income).
There is a government scheme in place to help vulnerable people obtain free boiler or central heating replacement and/or repair. Anybody requiring this service should contact the housing officer on 01200 425111.
You can also make an application to Cosy Homes in Lancashire www.chil.uk.com
Other support to keep you warm
Oil filled radiator loan
If you are without any heating you can request the loan of an oil filled radiator. To request a radiator contact the housing team on 01200 425111.
Reduce your energy tariff
We can help with changing your energy supplier so that you can get the cheapest deal for your home. You can request help to switch your energy supplier to save on your fuel bills.
Drought proofing measures
Repairs to new radiators and radiator reflectors
Standard loft and cavity insulation
Intervention for hard to treat cavity and solid walls
Government financial help to keep warm
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free help to pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 August 1953. This known as a Winter Fuel Payment.
You could get a £140 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. This scheme is likely to end so we advise you apply now!
For more information on help available to keep your home warm please see the GOV.UK Heating and housing benefits page.
Keeping your house warm through the night
- Try to keep the temperature above 18°C in your bedroom overnight
- Open a window or door a little at night for ventilation if you use a fire or heater in your bedroom
- Never use a hot water bottle and electric blanket together
- Check what type of electric blanket you have - some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not be used throughout the night
- Make sure your electric blanket is safe to use by getting it tested by the Fire Brigade, Trading Standards or Age UK every three years