Practical ways to help people who may need extra support during winter

By JaneBranscombe

Winter can be a difficult time for many
people, including the elderly and those suffering from illness. So E.ON is
reminding people about some of the ways they can keep themselves and those they
care about warm and well this winter.

Check out
NHS Advice

There are a number of illnesses which can be
triggered by colder weather and are more common during winter including colds,
flu, asthma, joint problems and heart attacks. The
NHS offers advice on what to look for
and how to prevent these during winter,

It’s essential that people who have reduced
mobility, are aged 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung
disease keep their homes, or at least the rooms they live in, heated to
at least 18oC. Ensuring people
who are vulnerable have a room thermometer, which are available from a number
of retailers, will help provide peace of mind that this minimum temperature is
being maintained.

Carry
out simple checks

Next time you visit vulnerable relatives,
friends or neighbours, check their home is draught-proofed. Plugging gaps around windows, pipes, doors,
letterboxes and even loft hatches with supplies from DIY stores can help
save energy and make a
noticeable difference, as can closing curtains at dusk.

Also, check programmable heating controls to ensure the heating
and hot water come on as needed. And ensure
radiators aren’t blocked by furniture or
laundry so heat can circulate freely and warm up rooms properly. Bleeding
radiators if
rooms
don’t heat up or if radiators feel cold at the top and hot at the bottom will
also help.

Consider
a remote heating system

Systems like E.ON Touch allow people to remotely control their
home’s heating and hot water with the use of a smartphone app1. As
well as helping customers better control their energy use, these systems can
also provide people with the tools to maintain a comfortable and safe home
temperature for their vulnerable family members’ and friends’ homes.

See if
there’s any additional help available

Schemes are available to help those most in
need. For example, the
E.ON Energy Fund helps people who
are eligible – regardless of their energy supplier – with
support with the payment of energy debt and the provision or replacement
of boilers and white goods, such as washing machines, fridges, freezers, and
cookers.

ECO, which is a scheme led by the Government
and funded by energy suppliers, could also help with funding for loft or cavity
wall insulation or a replacement boiler if one is faulty or broken and more
than five years old. To be eligible, applicants need to own their own home or
rent privately from a landlord and claim certain income related benefits. Further
details and full eligibility criteria can be found
here.

And people born on or before 5th January
1953 may be eligible for a
Winter Fuel Payment of £100 – £300
tax-free to help pay for their winter heating bill.

For more
information about how E.ON can help, visit
eonenergy.com or eonenergy.com/blog.

Ends

Notes to editors

1. E.ON Touch is available in Birmingham,
Bristol, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Gloucester, Hereford,
Leicester, Lincoln, Llandrindod Well, Lincoln, Luton, Oxford, Manchester,
Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Peterborough, Sheffield,
Stockport, Stoke on Trent, Telford, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcester. In
order for customers to remotely control their hot water, their home must have a
hot water tank and an Android or IOS smartphone. E.ON Touch must be
professionally installed by an E.ON approved heating engineer. E.ON Touch costs
£199.99 and customers can choose to pay with either a one off payment or via a
payment plan made up of £49.99 upfront and three instalments of £50 per quarter
for the next 12 months. To find out more about E.ON Touch, including Terms and
Conditions, visit
eonenergy.com/touch.


For more information contact:

Jag Bickham,
02476 181 308,
jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

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