Last Saturday the Daily Express warned of
Six inches of snow to hit Britain next week as Arctic blast sends temperatures plummeting
… which didn’t? happen. And the forecast for the next week is also fairly mild – so don’t panic:
However the District Council website has had some stuff this week about keeping warm and saving money , which boils down to:
Avoid wasting energy
Simple things such as switching off an unused appliance, closing curtains to avoid heat loss through the windows, and turning off lights in unused rooms, will avoid lots of wasted energy and save you money.
?Eco? your day
Switch washing machines and dishwashers to their ?eco? setting and wait until they are full before using them, only boil as much water as you need, and use energy saving light bulbs to cut the cost of everyday activities without giving them up entirely.
Get financial help
Several schemes provide money toward winter bills:
- Warm Home Discount: Some energy providers offer a discount of up to ?140 to those on a low income. Contact your energy provider for more information.
- Winter Fuel Payments: Those of pensionable age may be able to apply for a payment of between ?100 and ?300. Phone 08459 151515 for more information.
- Cold Weather Payment: A payment of ?25 per day may be available during very cold spells to people in receipt of certain benefits. Contact your Jobcentre Plus office for more information. Note : the phone number is 0345 604719