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November
2010
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Hot tips to keep warm this winter

Hackney Council is offering some simple tips and advice to help keep the borough’s older and most vulnerable residents safe and warm this winter.



With the worst of cold snap yet to come and a substantial rise in gas and electricity rates recently announced by a major energy company, the Council will be advising residents about how to become more energy efficient around the home, which will help save money and keep them warm at the same time.



Some of these tips include turning off unnecessary lights; Using energy-saving light bulbs; not letting taps drip and reducing the water temperature.



To complement the Council’s campaign, Hackney Homes’ officers are currently knocking on hundreds of doors across the borough’s estates to check on older and vulnerable residents. Every year, staff from local offices as well as estate cleaners, check on residents to make sure that they are well and identify any support that they may need.



Councillor Sophie Linden, Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services, said: “The winter months can be tough for many of Hackney s residents. The Council and its partners are committed to ensuring that our residents can get advice and support to help them keep safe and warm, as well as reducing the amount they have to spend on fuel bills.”



As part of the campaign, Hackney Council is also working with local groups such as NHS City and Hackney and Age Concern to ensure they are communicating with residents about what support they can offer Hackney’s residents this winter.



For further advice about how to stay warm this winter, people should visit http://www.hackney.gov.uk/greenerliving-energy-efficient.htm or contact the Age Concern Emergency Coldline on 020 7241 2299.



In addition, if people want to find out how they can save up to £300 on their household bills this winter, they can do a home energy check online using the Energy Saving Trust website or call 0800 512 012.

If people own their own home or rent it from a private landlord and are on certain benefits, they may be eligible for a Warm Front grant of up to £3,500. To find out more, ring 0800 316 2805 or visit www.warmfront.co.uk.