Keeping your home warm is important

Keeping your home warm - living rooms at 21°C and bedrooms at 18°C - can have a beneficial effect on your health and wellbeing.  Living in cold homes can cause, or make worse, certain health conditions and even be the cause of premature death.  Such health conditions, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and mental health issues, make people especially vulnerable to cold housing, so it's even more important to take steps to improve housing, reduce energy costs, and maximise household income. People on low incomes are also more likely to live in energy inefficient housing, meaning energy demands (and therefore costs) will be higher.

Did you know?

  • Increased levels of clotting molecules in the blood in winter accounts for a 9-15% rise in coronary heart disease
  • For every 1°C drop in temperature below 5°C, GP consultations for respiratory illness in older people increase by 19%
  • A baby living in cold housing is almost three times more likely to suffer from coughing, wheezing and respiratory illness
  • Being unable to keep warm at home and being in fuel debt have been identified as independent predictors of Common Mental Disorder (CMD)
  • Impacts on long-term educational attainment, either through increased school absence through illness or because they are unable to find a quiet, warm place to study in the home.

What can you do?

  • Reduce the cost of your energy tariff so that you are not over-paying (and do this every year)
  • Make your home more energy efficient so that your energy needs are lowered
  • Check if you're entitled to extra welfare benefits and grants
  • Learn how to control your heating system to get the most for your money
  • Take control of your energy debt
  • Get extra help if you are a vulnerable customer

Our Energy Advice pages (from the drop-down menu above) are a good starting point.  We also offer energy advice appointments for those who need further help.

Further help from an Adviser

For an energy appointment with a local Citizens Advice adviser in Dorset, please call 01929 775500 or email


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