One-third of UK households are worried about the health impacts of living in a cold home this winter. In addition to the risk of Covid-19, cold weather could prove catastrophic for individuals suffering from fuel poverty which also causes strain on the NHS.
If you are concerned that you will not be able to pay heating bills to stay warm this winter, there are a several steps you can take:
You apply for the discount scheme to your electricity or gas provider. They will choose whether you are eligible or not for a discount of up to £140 off your bills this winter.
As of last year, all electricity and gas providers supplying over 200,000 people are required to offer the warm home discount. A list of participating providers can be found here.
Additionally, if you are of pension age, you can receive a one-off winter fuel payment designed to help cover heating costs in the colder months. If you are over 80, it could be a contribution of up to £300 towards your winter heating bill.
ThermaFY Eco Solutions aim to help all homeowners reduce their heating bills by making their heating system more efficient. A boiler in a more efficient heating system can be run at a lower temperature to achieve the same room temperatures that an inefficient heating system would.,
A ThermaFY survey will identify what work is required to clean or balance a heating system. Once the works have been completed, the more efficient heating system will cost less money to run and will produce less carbon emissions. You will stay warm while helping contribute towards the UK’s decarbonisation efforts.