Access to grants for heating
Our independent advice service can provide information about:
– Heating grants for householders in receipt of certain qualifying benefits.
– Benefit health checks (these can help you to find out if you could be eligible for some heating and insulation grant schemes).
– Other funding options which may be appropriate to your personal circumstances.
Call us on Freephone 0800 954 1956 for details of current heating grants.
Making the most of your heating system
Understanding how to control your heating system will help you to keep your home warm more efficiently and help to reduce your fuel bills. Our team of experienced energy advisers can provide you with tailored advice to help you make the most of your heating system, including information on:
– Night storage heater controls
– Central heating controls
– Progamming timers
– Radiator controls
– Upgrading and replacing boilers and heating systems
Recommended room temperatures
Living in a home that is adequately heated is important for comfort but vital for staying healthy, particularly for older people, children and those living with long term illnesses and disability.
The recommended room temperatures are 21°C for main living areas and 18°C elsewhere.
Minimising heat loss
Without insulation up to a quarter of the heat in your home can escape through the loft and a third can be lost through the walls.
Homes with solid walls (many of which were built before 1920) suffer from even higher levels of heat loss and account for more than one in five homes in Cornwall.
External and internal insulation treatments can reduce heating bills by up to 40%. Contact us for details of grants for solid wall insulation in Cornwall.
Draught proofing is a relatively simple and inexpensive way of keeping your home warm and comfortable.
Common problem areas which can be tackled include:
- Gaps between windows and their frames
- Doors – gaps around the bottom and edges, keyhole and letterbox
- Chimneys and fireplaces – if not in use!
- Loft hatches
- Gaps between floorboards, skirting boards and around pipework (make sure you use a flexible filler)
Tank and pipe insulation
Tank and pipe insulation keep your water hotter for longer by reducing the amount of heat that escapes.
Fitting a British Standard ‘jacket’ around your cylinder will cut heat loss by over 75%. If you already have a jacket fitted, check that it’s at least 75mm thick. If not, it’s well investing in a new jacket.
Simple Guides for Householders
Storage heaters are basically a well-insulated box filled with ceramic bricks to “hold” the heat provided by an electric element running through the centre. They “charge” or absorb and store heat at the times when they can take advantage of the off-peak or cheaper rate electricity. Their controls can be adjusted to release heat throughout the following day.
Using Heating Controls Effectively
Taking control of your heating system can help you make the most of the heat in your home and manage how much it costs.
All properties need to have a certain level of ventilation to let fresh air in and reduce condensation and mould, but gaps in the wrong places can lead to cold draughts and heat loss. To draught-proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out.
Secondary glazing offers an alternative to householders who don’t want to or are unable to replace their existing single-glazed windows with more energy efficient double glazing. It provides some of the benefits of double glazing in terms of helping to prevent heat loss, providing sound proofing and sealing draughts, but at a reduced cost and level of disturbance than installing new windows.