It's important to keep warm during cold weather. Getting too cold can lead to hypothermia, a potentially life-threatening condition.
You should be aware of the danger signs and know what to do if you find someone who may have hypothermia. Find out about the danger signs at NHS Choices.
Keeping the heat in
Insulation and draught-proofing are the best ways to prevent the heat from escaping your home. It might not sound like much, but even hanging thick curtains or fitting keyhole covers, letterbox covers and draught excluders will stop the cold air from coming in and the warm air getting out.
Our free energy health check will help you to see how you can save energy and money.
Thankfully power cuts are rare, but they can happen. Keep a torch handy, get a battery-powered or wind up radio, and try to keep your mobile devices charged so you can stay in touch should a power cut happen. Keep a note of the free to call power cut number, 105. Dialling 105 will connect you directly with your local Electricity Network Operator who can give you help and advice during a power cut.
Running out of Pay As You Go credit
If you have a prepayment meter and you run out of credit, don't panic. We'll lend you £5 emergency credit until you get the chance to top up.
You can only use your emergency credit once your pre-paid credit is at or below 50p for electricity or £2 for gas. When you want to use your emergency credit, insert your key into the meter. When using your emergency credit, the display on your meter changes to show the letter ‘e’. It'll also show the amount of emergency credit left.
Extra help keeping warm
Most older people are eligible to receive an annual one-off Winter Fuel Payment from the Government. The amount you receive depends on your circumstances, but will be between £100 - £300.
You may also qualify for the Warm Home Discount, which is a Government scheme that offers assistance to people most in need of help paying their energy bills.
We've put together some energy efficiency tips and advice which may help in reducing your energy consumption. Small changes made in your home could save money longer term.
Help from other organisations
There are other organisations that can help you keep warm.
For instance, you can contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (for England and Wales) or Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. Both of these organisations have details on energy efficiency measures and advice to help you keep warm.