This winter, there are lots of things you can do to stay warm. We’ve listed some of the best advice as compiled by Age UK – so read on and look after yourself.
Make yourself warmer
- Wear several thin layers, rather than one thick layer. This is because they trap warm air close to the body. If possible, go for clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics.
- A lot of heat is lost through the head and neck, so if you’re chilly indoors, try wearing a hat and scarf.
- Draw your curtains, as soon as it gets dark to stop the heat escaping and the draughts coming in.
- Keep any windows and internal doors closed when it’s cold – this will keep heat inside, where you most need it. However, to avoid condensation and mould growth, it is advisable to ensure daily ventilation around windows.
- Your body keeps warm by burning food you’ve eaten so make sure you have regular hot meals that contain carbs, such as potatoes, pasta, bread & rice.
- If you’re sitting down, a shawl or blanket will provide extra warmth. You should also try to keep your feet up, because air is cooler at ground level.
- Wear warm clothes in bed. When it’s really cold, wear thermal underwear, bed socks and even a hat.
Help you might get with heating costs and bills this winter
- Winter Fuel Payment or Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age born on or before 5 January 1952. It is worth up to £300. If you don’t receive your payment, call the Winter Fuel Payments Helpline on 0845 915 1515.
- Cold Weather Payment is made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or a disability or pensioner premium.
- Warm Home Discount Scheme is for winter 2013 to 2014, and you could get a £135 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. You qualify for the discount if on the ‘qualifying day’ (20 July 2013) your supplier was part of the scheme and your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill. For further information ask your Scheme Manager or Housing Officer, or visit www.gov.uk