Keep warm and stay safe. Citizens Advice
Keep warm - New Year’s resolutions
We all start January full of good intentions, but rather than spend your money on a gym membership this year, why not make a resolution to put some back in your pocket or to support someone vulnerable nearby? Here are some ideas to help keep you warm and well this winter.
Be a good neighbour - Make a pledge to support an elderly friend or neighbour to
make sure they are warm and coping well. Pop in once a week and make sure their living rooms are warm (around 21˚C and 18˚C for bedrooms) and they have food in the cupboard. If it snows, clear their path or door for them.
Use less energy - A lot of wasted energy, particularly in older homes, is the result of overdue maintenance. Clear out blocked gutters and drains that can make walls damp and cold and draught proof your home. If you have an open fire fit a chimney draught excluder, (look at www.chimneysheep.co.uk.) A quarter of your home’s heat can be lost through an uninsulated loft. You may be able to get free or discounted insulation for your home, contact Aran Services 0800 5877798 for more information.
Keep money in your pocket - Register for Essex Energy Switch at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/essexenergyswitch to save money on your fuel bills. If you use heating oil, join an oil club such as www.essex.communitybuying.org.uk/
Be a healthy household - Keep up the exercise! If bad weather means you can’t go out for a walk, catch up on some housework or try to move around the house every hour and try to eat a balanced diet - soup is nutritious, warming and inexpensive to buy or make.
Keep your spirits up - It’s not unusual to feel down in winter. If you’ve been feeling listless and lacking in energy for several weeks, it’s important to share this with someone – perhaps a friend or your GP.
- Make sure your chimney is swept regularly.
- Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms every week – for a free home fire safety check visit http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk
- Your boiler should have an annual safety check. If you rent and it is overdue, chase your landlord.
- Don’t block air vents. Fires and heaters need ventilation and good ventilation also prevents condensation and mould problems.
Sleep Well - If you are worried about how you will pay your bills, Uttlesford Citizens Advice can help with:
- Benefit entitlements
- Winter fuel payments and cold weather payment.
- Budgeting and dealing with debt
- Grants for insulation and boiler repairs
- Emergency support if you have no money for food or to heat your home.
Uttlesford Citizens Advice. Barnards Yard, CB11 4EB
T: 01799 618840
Saffron Walden 9.30 to 3.30 M.T.Th.F. (appointments available Weds)
Great Dunmow 9.30 to 3.30 T. W. Th.
Stansted Mountfitchet 9.30 to 12.30 Tuesday (appointments only)