Stay Warm and Well this Winter

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce that Act On Energy have been successful in obtaining another initial 2 year contract to deliver Warwickshire’s Warm and Well service, providing Warm and Well support and advice to Warwickshire residents.

Act on Energy provide free services to residents of Warwickshire to help them keep their homes warm through the cold, winter months. All residents across Warwickshire can call upon Act on Energy for information, advice and guidance about how they can save money on their heating bills and practical tips on how to keep their homes warm.

Act on Energy also provide advice for vulnerable residents about whether they are entitled to physical intervention services, including eligibility for heating and insulation measures.

Residents who fall into the eligibility criteria for physical intervention services, include:

  • Individuals with a long-term condition (circulatory, respiratory, neurological, renal or liver conditions, and diabetes)
  • Individuals with a mental health condition
  • Pregnant women
  • Households with children aged 16 and under
  • Individuals in receipt of disability-related benefit
  • Households dependent on benefits/on low incomes

The physical intervention services are targeted at households where at least one of the permanent residents/the household itself fall(s) into one/more of the listed risk groups 1-5 AND also falls into risk group 6. Provision of physical measures are targeted at only owner occupiers or occupiers of private rented properties.

Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care & Health said:

“Cold weather can lead to serious health problems; older people, those with chronic health conditions, people who have a disability, pregnant women and children are particularly at risk during the cold weather season.

“It is important to remember that fuel poverty does not just affect older people – in fact parents with dependent children can be among the most at risk.

“Everyone is advised to keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C throughout the day and night and to wear suitable clothing – several thin layers is better than one thick layer

“For anyone living in Warwickshire who needs advice and is worried about keeping their home warm, there is a free service, run by Act on Energy.

“The service can also help with fuel bills and benefits advice entitlements, including whether you are eligible for heating and insulation measures, so call 0800 988 2881.”

For more information about Act on Energy, and tips to stay warm in the winter, you can read the information leaflet here

If you would like to review your energy bills and see whether you can save money on your bills, you can visit Warwickshire Switch and Save and find out whether you can switch and save some money