There are a few simple steps to take to make sure your winter-ready and now’s the time to plan ahead.
None of us want to pay more for our energy than we have to. But saving money doesn’t mean we should use less energy than we need. Warm & Well in North Yorkshire, a project that offers practical support to help residents stay warm and well, has some quick and easy advice on how to stay warm, save money and keep healthy this winter.
Switch your energy supplier
Last year Warm & Well in North Yorkshire helped people save on average £213 by switching their tariff or energy supplier.
Could you be eligible for a Warm Homes Discount?
Last year people who applied for a Warm Homes Discount through Warm & Well in North Yorkshire saved £140 on average.
Service your boiler and get an Energy Efficiency Assessment of your home
You can arrange a home visit from Warm & Well in North Yorkshire to look at how your home can be kept warm and energy efficient this winter.
Laura Thomas, Warm & Well in North Yorkshire Project Co-ordinator, said: “There is a direct correlation between poor health and not keeping warm. 11,760 people were admitted to hospital in 2017/18 with problems related to living in cold homes* in the Yorkshire and Humber area.”
“There are ways that we can help you make your home warmer this winter without building up huge heating costs. Last year, one in ten households in the UK got into fuel debt and owed an average of £134 to their energy suppliers before winter had even started**. We want to help stop this happening this year.”
“Rather than waiting until you get a worrying energy bill in mid-winter, why not take steps to cut your costs in advance? By planning ahead you can save money but not at the expense of being warm. We’re working to keep North Yorkshire warm and well this winter.”
Anyone can get in touch with Warm & Well in North Yorkshire, whether you need support for yourself or are acting on behalf of someone else who needs our services.
*11,760 hospital admissions in 2017/18 were related to problems with living in cold homes (WHO organisation estimates that there are seven times more hospital admissions related to cold than Early Winter Deaths) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hsaa8WMoFI.
**Uswitch data (published Nov 2018) estimated that a tenth of all households in the UK were in debt prior to winter (in Oct 2018). This is 2.93 million households who owed, on average, £134 to their suppliers. Read this article in The Guardian (2 Nov 2018).
Media contact: Jo Fox, Communications Officer at Community First Yorkshire 01904 704177 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Warm & Well in North Yorkshire
The Warm & Well in North Yorkshire project is funded by British Gas Energy Trust and is being delivered by organisations across North Yorkshire. A range of practical and financial support is available to residents in North Yorkshire, enabling them to stay warm and well in their homes. Support available:
- Support and advice to help you save money on energy costs, including switching supplier, grants and priority services.
- Home visits to look at how your home can be kept warm and to make minor repairs or install energy efficiency measures
- A Hardship Fund for those in urgent need
- Training and information for frontline workers and organisations in subjects such as fuel poverty, energy efficiency, and how to apply for the Warm Homes Discount Scheme
- Support for parish councils and others to set up winter weather schemes that keep your community safe and well this winter.
The Warm & Well in North Yorkshire project is run by Community First Yorkshire and Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire.