The nights are drawing in, and it’s slowly getting colder outside, so it may soon be time to switch on your heating for the first time ready for winter. But have you checked if it’s still in good work
The nights are drawing in, and it’s slowly getting colder outside, so it may soon be time to switch on your heating for the first time ready for winter. But have you checked if it’s still in good working order?
We’re now halfway through October, which is also boiler switch on awareness month, an ideal time to make sure your heating is working efficiently for the season ahead.
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment said:
“Autumn is certainly upon us now with the nights drawing in, and the colder temperatures coming. A warm house can really make the difference, when keeping warm and well, during the winter months and I would urge people to take this opportunity to check their heating is in good working order. A better insulated house will have a positive impact on our climate control.”
When switching your heating on for the first time this winter, you should check;
• Have you had the boiler serviced? All central heating boilers should be serviced regularly by a qualified engineer to ensure they are working correctly.
- Do you have a carbon monoxide detector and have you tested it along with your smoke alarms?
• If you have a chimney or wood burner, have you had the chimney swept to reduce the risk of chimney fires?
A range of support is available for low income households to help them stay warm and well this winter including advice on understanding your energy bills, smart meters and switching supplier, funding to help with the replacement of a broken gas boiler, and funding to help households connect to mains gas for the first time for households nearby an existing gas main.
All funding is limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.
Local energy charity Act on Energy are available to support applicants with any customer enquiries, eligibility checks and submitting their applications for funding on freephone 0800 988 2881 or can be reached via email on email@example.com
For further information about the Warm Homes Fund, please visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/warmhomesfund