WITH snow falling in many parts of the country and the cold snap looking set to continue, Cllr John Kent is highlighting the Home Heat Helpline for people who are worried about staying warm.
The Leader of Thurrock Council says the line (0800 33 66 99) can help people with their fuel bills.
He said the Home Heat Helpline is a free, impartial and confidential service that connects people on low incomes with support which is worth an average of £160.
The help available includes rebates, grants for insulation and new boilers, and advice on saving energy. There are people in Thurrock who are among the nation’s 3.4 million – or one-in-ten households – who could benefit but many people don’t realise what support is available.
Cllr Kent said: “During these cold conditions, many local people may be worried about staying warm.
“If they are, then they can call the Home Heat Helpline and seek advice.”
He added: “I would also ask people to look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who may be in difficulty and make sure that they are safe during the cold snap – and they should also be aware of the Home Heat Helpline.”
People can call the helpline and speak to one of the advisors who will provide advice on reducing energy bills. The service can also be accessed online by visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk where a new Energy Checker will help to show who is entitled to help.
There are also some other simple steps people can take in reducing their energy. For example:
Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut heating bills by up to ten per cent and save around £100 a year.
Turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally
Switch lights off when they are not in use
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