Money and bills
Make sure you are getting all the benefits you should be. You can use a benefits calculator to help you find out:
- What you can claim
- how to claim
- how your benefits will be affected if you start work.
The government can offer financial help for certain people during the winter.
If you are getting certain benefits, you can get a Cold Weather Payment. You will get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you are a certain age. This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme could get you a discount on your electricity bill. Only certain people are eligible.
You might be eligible for financial help with your energy bills or a grant to make your home more energy efficient.
Priority Services Register
You can join the Priority Services Register with your energy supplier if you are disabled, chronically sick, have a long term medical condition or a sight or hearing impairment.
Citizens Advice have more information.
Saving money on your bills
Tips to save energy and lower your bills include:
- turn off the heating in rooms you are not using
- switch off the lights if you do not need them on
- only fill the kettle with as much water as you need
- line dry your washing instead of using a tumble dryer
- close your curtains at dusk
- use the right sized pan on the right size burner, and always use saucepan lids
- turn your thermostat down by one degree
- check that your energy supplier is offering the best tariff
- use low energy light bulbs instead of normal bulbs
- line your curtains with a thermal liner
- fit a hot water tank jacket if your water tank does not have one
Help and advice on saving energy
There are other ways you can save energy that cost more at first, but could save you money later on. You could replace your boiler with a more efficient one, install proper insulation in your walls and loft or even generate your own energy by installing solar panels or a wind turbine.
The Energy Saving Trust provides free advice and information on ways you can save energy and the grants that may be available.
Healthy Homes Dorset can help you to keep warmer by installing loft and cavity wall insulation. They also offer free and impartial information and advice.
If you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) can offer free advice abut how to save money and keep your home warm.
Certain water suppliers can offer you a discount if you are receiving Pension Credit. Check with your supplier to see if they can help.
We have information on financial care planning.