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Information on Keeping Warm


If you keep warm at home in cold weather you have a greater chance of...

  1. Staying well and healthy
  2. Staying out of hospital because of cold related illnesses for example chest infections
  3. Living independently at home

Keeping warm is not a luxury, it’s vital to keep you well and healthy. These top tips are some of the best ways to keep your home warm, keep on top of your bills, and keep healthy. Some may seem obvious, but they could help you stay warm throughout the winter.

Did you know the temperature of your home can affect your health?

By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° - 21°C or 64°- 70°F) across your home you can keep warm and lower your bills.

Are you claiming all you are entitled to?

There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home warm, and help with bills. Your energy provider should offer reduced rates called social tariffs. Give them a call to find out if you are getting the rate you are entitled to.

Did you know eating well also helps to keep your body warm?

By making sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day your body will get the energy it needs to help you keep warm.

How can you help yourself and others?

On cold days try to avoid going outside; however, if you do need to, remember to wrap up warm. If you have an older neighbour, look out for them during winter to make sure they are safe and well. Other people can help you, don’t be too proud or afraid to ask. Changing how you use your boiler or changing tariffs could save you lots of money and benefit your health.

Helpful links:

The following websites will provide you with current information on Keeping Warm.

Department of Health keep Warm Keep Well Campaign

Age UK 

Energy Saving Trust   Call 0800 512 012 to be put through to your nearest centre.

National Energy Action (NEA UK)


Department of Health (2011) Cold Weather Plan



Department of Health (2011) Cold Weather Plan  Making the Case: Why cold weather planning is essential to health and well-being



Warmer Healthy Homes





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