Stay healthy and warm this winter

Stay warm

For some residents, heating your home may be difficult. It’s important to keep warm in winter – both indoors and out. In rooms you mostly use such as the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18°C if you can.

Some people are more vulnerable in the cold. Remember to check in on any frail or older residents, neighbours or relatives. 

Working together with the voluntary sector and local organisations, the Council has provided warm winter spaces across the borough, alongside an interactive map of warm spaces in Kensington and Chelsa which will help you to easily find warm spaces and community events close to your home.

We’ll be updating this regularly with new information.

Tips for keeping warm
  • Keep active when indoors.
  • Wear several layers of clothing and wear thick socks or slippers.
  • Keep up to date with the weather forecast.
  • Check to make sure you have enough food and drink, access all the help you’re entitled to and any medicines you might need.
  • Close doors and curtains to keep warm air in the rooms you’re using.
  • Use a hot water bottle to keep warm.
  • Use draught excluders to reduce heat loss in the home.
  • Invest in blankets and throws to wrap up whilst at home.
  • Ensure furniture such as sofas and tables aren’t blocking heaters.
  • Try to heat rooms you use in your home to at least 18 degrees if you can.
Tips to keep costs down
  • Use insulated curtains, or add thermal liners to the curtains to reduce heat loss.
  • Invest in high efficiency electrical items during the sales.
  • Switch appliances off at the plug if you’re not using them.
  • Try washing laundry on a cooler temperature such as 20 degrees.
  • Work from a cafe or public space like a library, instead of at home.
  • Make a big flask of tea or coffee in the morning to reduce repeated kettle boiling.
  • Try batch cooking to avoid turning the oven on repeatedly.
  • Keep the temperature of your fridge to five degrees.
  • Keep doors of colder rooms closed.
  • Turn radiators not in use off or down to frost.
  • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they are working safely.
  • Contact your water and power suppliers to see if you can be on the Priority Services Register, a free support service that helps people in vulnerable situations. Visit: www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Green Doctors

If you would like free home energy support and to save money on your energy bills visit the Free home energy service - Homes4Health.

Support with the cost of living 

We know that the rising cost of living may be affecting our residents, and some may be 
struggling to heat their homes and get access to essential items. We want to remind you that you are not alone and there is support available.

We know that not everyone is online, so if you know someone who has limited or no access to the internet, please ask them to call 020 7361 4326, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, to access information on the cost of living support.

 

Last updated: 1 February 2023