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Winter is approaching so you might be starting to turn on the lights more and are thinking about switching on your heating. Or maybe you’re frightened of high energy bills and are thinking about toughing it out in the cold. 

The bad news is that a cold home is dangerous for your health, especially if you’re older, a child or already have certain health conditions.

Cold increases the risk of heart attacks, depression and social isolation. It can trigger chest infections and asthma and cause children to take time off school. Cold homes also increase the risk of falls and make the symptoms of arthritis worse.

The good news is there is an advice scheme in Lichfield that can help you stay warm in your home and keep your bills down this winter.

Warmer Homes, Greener District is provided on behalf of Lichfield District Council by two charities: Marches Energy Agency and Beat the Cold. Its freephone line offers advice on:

  • Staying warm in the home
  • Problems with heating and hot water
  • Fuel bills
  • Financial help available locally and nationally
  • Energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

The schemes friendly advisors will offer Lichfield residents tailored, appropriate advice over the phone.

If you’re eligible, they can tell you how to apply for a Warm Home Discount of £140 off your electricity bill over the winter. They can help you to switch to a new energy supplier. If you’ve not switched for a while you could save a lot of money.

They can advise you on different ways to pay for energy bills and help you work out the best payment method for you. They can also offer top tips on small energy saving actions you can take in your home that could make a big difference to your bill.

You can contact the advice line on 0800 677 1543  and you can find out more about the scheme by visiting the Lichfield District Council website.

Thank you to Marches Energy Agency for sending in this information. If you have something that you think could benefit people in your community this winter, please get in touch by emailing me at steven.nestor@bromford.co.uk

If social media is more your thing, you could send us you ideas and tips by posting on our Facebook page or by Tweeting us @Bromford using #WinterWellbeing

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