Cold weather payments – UK-wide
If the average temperature recorded or forecast over seven days in a row in your local area is zero degrees Celsius (freezing) or less, you you will receive an automatic payment if you are on an income-related benefit, such as:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit
- you have a child under five in your family, or
- you have a child for whom you get child tax credit or income support with an extra amount for their disability, or
- you get an extra amount for disability, or for being over state pension age and you don’t live in a care home
Help with fuel bills and keeping warm
Get the whole family involved in thinking about ways to save energy; they’ll become energy conscious and may well think of something you haven’t.
There are many simple ways of making your home more energy efficient. For example, did you know that:
• turning down your thermostat by just 1°C can cut your fuel bills by up to 10%
• you could save £50 a year just by draught proofing
• zipping up your hot water cylinder with a 75mm lagging jacket could save you £35 per year but cost just £10
• just switching off lights in empty rooms and corridors can save you up to 15% on your bill
• when cooking, boil water for saucepans in a kettle – it’s quicker and cheaper. Chopping food into smaller chunks will also make cooking them quicker and cheaper. Always keep a lid on your saucepan!
• washing at 30°C uses 40% less electricity than washing at 40°C – make sure you wash a full load
• switching off appliances, rather than leaving them on standby can save £80 a year. This includes computer screens.
• If you have any chargers that feel hot to the touch when you switch them off unplug them, as they’re still draining energy.
Preparing for Winter