MoneyMagpie

Dec 29

Get free help with your heating bills

There’s a new organisation called Homeheat Helpline which can help you find ways to reduce your heating bills.

They say

  • 1 in 10 UK households are entitled to help with their fuel bills but many people don’t realise what support is available
  • This breaks down as 2,989,000 English households (14% of households), 295,000 Scottish households (13% of households), and 244,000 Welsh households (19% of households)
  • 5 of the top 10 most eligible local authorities are in Wales with around 1 in 4 households eligible in some areas.
  • Help available is worth an average of £160 and includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes
  • People can call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 and speak to one of the friendly advisors who will provide advice on reducing energy bills.
  • People can also access the service online by visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk where a new Energy Checker will help to show if you are entitled to help.

There are also some simple steps you can take in reducing your energy bill say the people from the helpline. For example

Thermostat

  • Turning your thermostat down by 1˚C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £100 a year.
  • Turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally
  • Switch your lights off when you’re not using them
  • Turn appliances like TVs and phone chargers off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they’re not being used
  • Replace normal light bulbs with energy efficient ones
  • Regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it’s operating at full efficiency
  • Draw curtains over windows at night to provide insulation for the room
  • Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate around the room

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