Our Winter Tips

Icon Winter WellbeingWhen temperatures drop most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors, and in these winter months it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and warm.

  • Keep your heating on at a low constant temperature, rather than heating your home up quickly allowing it to cool down again.
  • If you have a pre-payment meter, make sure you have sufficient credit!
  • Close all blinds and curtains at night.
  • Keep furniture away from radiators to allow heat to circulate freely.
  • Keep outside doors shut and report any obvious draughts.
  • Make sure to order repeat prescriptions in good time, don’t wait until you run out.
  • Keep a snow shovel handy.
  • Be aware of where your grit bins are.
  • Stay at home in really bad weather, even if that means re-arranging non-urgent appointments.
  • If you do have to venture out in bad weather, ensure you have adequate clothing. Wrap up in plenty of layers, and don’t forget hats, scarfs and gloves!
  • Look out for your neighbours in extreme weather and give your neighbours your phone number in case of emergencies.
  • If you have a mobile phone, make sure that it has sufficient credit.

Also, remember make sure to...

  • Know how to turn off your gas.
  • Know how to turn off your power.
  • Check where your stopcock valve is for turning off your water.
  • Check overflows are not running.
  • Check taps are not dripping.
  • Check tank jacket is fitted.
  • Check door locks are working.
  • Keep a torch handy.

Do you have a pre-payment meter? Are you struggling with energy costs? Get in touch with your housing officer – we can help.