If you are worried about paying you fuel bills you are not alone, millions of people in England live in cold homes and this is something we are trying to tackle in Doncaster. This page has tips and advice that could help you stay warm, save money and improve your physical and mental health. Hopefully, the following information will help you to be more comfortable, warmer and safer in your home.
Energy Saving Tips and Advice
For information on the new fuel payments, please visit Support for energy bills - the Council Tax Rebate 2022/23 - Doncaster Council
For useful tips and advice on how to make your home warmer, please see the table below or watch the video:
Find out if you can get a discount on your energy bill
About your boiler
Worried about paying your energy bill?
Heat your home
Try and keep warm
Keep out draughts
Spotting the Signs of a Cold Home
The signs of a cold home are not always easy to see. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, here are some of the signs of a cold home:
|It feels cold inside - do you keep a coat on when you are in this house?|
|Damp patches on walls|
|Condensation – wetness on the windows or windowsills|
|Draughts – through windows, doors and floors|
|Blocked vents – to stop cold getting in|
|No (or not using) central heating|
|Safety issues – overloaded sockets, exposed wires, clothes and furnishings too close to fires/heaters|
|Heating just one room in the house|
|Struggling to keep warm - are there blankets or hot water bottles by the chair they sit in?|
|Eating habits – wrappers and empty cans and no evidence of proper hot meals|
Grants and Help Available
Boiler on Prescription Grant
As a homeowner, if your boiler does not work properly or is broken and you are experience ill health you might be able to get central heating installed. The following are a list of the conditions that apply:
- Chronic Heart Condition,
- Complex Conditions
- who don't have the finances to replace/repair a faulty central heating system or install it for the first time. Each case must be assessed by the Council's Sustainability Team.
Live Inclusive have a scheme called Recharge which could help you make different choices when it comes to your bills and in time, save you money. Anyone with a disability or long term health condition can apply. You do not need to be registered disabled and it can be a self-diagnosed condition which could be physical or hidden. Some of the benefits are:
- You can receive 8 free LED energy saving bulbs (potential saving of £108.84 per year).
- Help you find the most appropriate method of bill payment.
- Help you budget your finances so you can pay your bills.
- Carry out small draught proofing measures where appropriate.
To find out more please:
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme energy efficiency measures including but not limited too insulation and heating can be partially funded, but first requires a free survey to understand what is required and to confirm eligibility.
This grant is available to those receiving one of the following benefit:
- Child Benefit*
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit Savings Credit
- Housing Benefit
*Child Benefit qualification is subject to gross annual household earnings
If you do not receive one of the qualifying benefits above, you may still be able to access the ECO scheme, further details will be provided in the near future
Warm Home Discount
You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.
Winter fuel Payments
If you were born on or before 25th September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (you do not need to claim) if your eligible and either:
- get the state pension
- get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)
Cold Weather Payment
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you are getting certain benefits or support for mortgage interest.
You will get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 days in a row. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
Household Support Fund
The Household Support Fund October 2021 to March 2022 has now closed.
This web page will be updated with details of the household support fund in due course.
For more information contact the sustainability unit using the following details. please be aware the best and quickest way to contact is through our email address:
- Address: Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
- Telephone: 01302 737053
- Cut The Cost of Keeping Warm This Winter
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- How to spot the signs of a cold home
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- Live Inclusive Recharge
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- Spotting the signs of a cold home - ARABIC
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