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Tips to help you get ready for winter

The cold weather will be here before we know it and with household budgets stretched and energy prices likely to stay high for the next few years, we need to start preparing for winter now.

Here are our 4 top tips that will make a difference:

1. Contact your energy supplier now so that support is in place ready for this winter.

It is really important that your energy supplier knows your situation. They can help, but only if you contact them.

  • Tell them if you or someone living with you is elderly, is a child, has a disability, a long-term illness or relies on a constant electricity or gas supply for medicine, equipment or other health reasons.
  • They will be able to tell you if you’re eligible for any additional financial support.

2. Top up your prepayment meter

  • If you can afford it, try to put a little extra on your gas and / or electricity prepayment meter every time you top up. This will start to build a bit of a buffer to get you through the winter months when it’s colder.

3. Speak to your local council, housing provider or landlord about how your home can be made more energy efficient.

  • There are some grants available to make simple energy efficient changes to your property.
  • Let us know if you would like to be referred to our partner who can see if you are eligible for a free boiler or home insulation. Please send us an email with your name, address and phone number to

4. Make sure that you are getting everything you can.

  • Use the IE Hub, it’s a free online tool to help you manage your money better. It will let you know if there are any additional benefits you could be receiving as well as any additional financial support you may be entitled to.
  • Do you have children? Speak to your school about Free School Meals, or to the NHS for Healthy Start or Best Start vouchers for pre-schoolers or if you’re pregnant.

Energy supplier contact details

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