Staying warm

Helpful hints to keep warm

The following helpful hints will help you keep warm in your home:

  • close the curtains at night to reduce draughts and heat loss through the windows
  • shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use the most. Stop draughts from badly fitting windows and doors
  • don’t put furniture in front of a radiator as the heat will be wasted
  • if you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. Get your electric blanket tested every three years
  • set your heating to switch on around half an hour before you come home rather than leaving it on all day if no-one is at home. If it’s very cold, set your heating to switch on earlier and go off later, rather than turning the thermostat up


What is 'fuel poverty'?

Fuel poverty is when a household needs to spend more than 10 per cent of its household income on all domestic fuel use. This includes appliances to heat the home to an adequate level of warmth.

Fuel poverty is caused by several things:

  • inadequate access to information
  • inefficient heating systems
  • inadequate insulation
  • poor housing
  • high fuel prices

Fuel poverty can affect anyone but most at risk are single older households, single younger households, older couples and lone parent families.


Healthy Homes – help for those at risk of fuel poverty

The Healthy Homes Hotline - 0808 202 6204 helps people who are having difficulty keeping their homes warm or keeping up with their energy bills.


Keep Warm Grant

A home owner (or some private tenants with repairing obligations to a property) may apply for a grant up to a maximum of £7,500 per dwelling. This grant is intended to provide a decent level of warmth in the home and improve its overall energy efficiency (known as a “SAP rating”).  Works will typically include the installation of a more efficient central heating system and, where possible, insulation works.

If you have any queries about grants please contact our Home Improvement Agency, Staying First on 020 8996 8890 or email