Groundwork is offering tips to vulnerable people on how to keep warm and well during the winter cold snap forecasted over the coming days.
With up to six inches of snow predicted in some areas and experts warning that the temperature will continue to plummet, the charity warns that this cold snap will leave people living with fuel poverty reluctant to turn up their heating for fear of its cost – a decision that could ultimately end up affecting their health.
More tips to help you keep your home warm and save money
Groundwork is urging people, especially those in high risk groups, to consider how these tips can help them take control of their fuel bills and keep warm:
- Where possible, ensure that your home temperature gage is set to 18c. Hot water bottles can help ease the chill
- Save energy by ensuring that appliances such as dishwashers are full before putting them on, and switching off the ‘standby’ switch for all electronic goods
- Find out what government grants and initiatives you may be entitled to – find out more here
- Wear warmer clothes and layer-up, especially when leaving the house
- Close the curtains at night to ensure that you keep the heat in
- Ensure you fill up on nutritious food and drink plenty of hot drinks and water to ensure your own body fuel plays a part in keeping you warm.
As the debate over household energy prices rumbles on with calls for them to be lowered as a result of wholesale gas and electricity prices in the UK hitting a five year low, Groundwork is arguing that consumers need practical support they can trust now.
It points to its partnership with British Gas Energy Trust, which launched this week and offers free support across the country for those living in fuel poverty and suffering from a long term or chronic health condition stay healthy.
Groundwork’s Green Doctors – independent energy efficiency experts - will be visiting up to 2,400 households over the next six months to offer tips and hands on support such as fitting energy efficient equipment and supplying households with a winter warmer pack; including fleeces, hats, gloves and draught proofing.
“Winter can be a very challenging time when some of the most vulnerable people in society are faced between a stark choice of heating or eating,” commented Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK.
“In some case the effects of fuel poverty can be fatal with 10% of winter deaths attributed to fuel poverty, according to a recent Public Health England report. With startling figures like this, we are determined to make sure that people suffering from long term or chronic health conditions get the support they need to stay healthy.”
For more information and tips from our Groundwork experts, visit the website.
For a first-hand look at how Groundwork are changing lives and keeping people out of fuel poverty, watch Clare’s story:
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