Residents in east Cheshire are being reminded there is help available to keep them warm and well as the temperatures drop.
Staying warm can help to prevent people from becoming ill, especially if they are already vulnerable due to age, poor health or disability.
Cheshire East Council’s care and repair service provides support to older, disabled and vulnerable people to improve their homes.
They can also help residents access urgent works grants for home repairs, such as heating and insulation, and helping to organise the works.
Council officers, and advisors from charities such as Age UK, can also help those who are struggling with the cost of heating.Councillor Liz Wardlaw, cabinet member for health, said: “We know that winter can be a daunting time of the year for some people but there is support out there for residents to access to help them stay warm, well and safe.
“Throughout winter the council will be issuing advice and information to help our residents to prepare for the colder weather. I’d also urge residents to keep an eye on friends, family members and neighbours who may need a little extra help during the colder weather.”
Advice being issued includes:
- Get draught excluders for external doors, windows and letterboxes. It’s also worth tackling gaps between skirting boards and floorboards;
- Close curtains as soon as it starts to get dark, to lock in the heat;
- Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket in bed – but not both at the same time;
- Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat;
- Insulate pipes and drain off outside taps to prevent frozen pipes;
- Leave your heating on if the weather is forecast to be freezing;
- Fit cavity wall insulation, which can cut around £135 off heating bills each year;
- Install loft insulation, which can save up to £175 per year on heating bills;
- Call the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151 for advice about energy saving measures, grants and discounts;
- Contact your energy supplier to check whether you are eligible for free or priority services;
- Be prepared for clearing ice and snow this winter – have a snow shovel, brush and grit or salt ready.