Worried about energy bills this winter?

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Are increasingly expensive energy bills making you worry about keeping your house warm this winter?

Nottingham-based Derwent Living resident, Howard, has kindly put together this article full of great advice about ways to avoid the choice between heating or eating.

As temperatures begin to drop many Brits are worried about how they will afford their heating bill this winter.

Some may be forced to go without heating, or will have to spend less on food and others will cut back on other regular bills to keep up with escalating energy costs, according to the Debt Advisory Centre.

But there is help available for the most vulnerable and people on low incomes.

The Winter Fuel Payment is available to most people born on or before May 5, 1953. You need to claim it on 0345 915 1515 in the first instance, then you’ll get it automatically each year.

People aged under 80 receive £200, over 80s get £300.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme offers a one-off £140 towards electricity bills for those on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.

You should receive this automatically and will receive a letter by December 16. If you think you’re eligible and don’t receive a letter call 0345 603 9439.

Those on low incomes and certain means-tested benefits can apply to their electricity supplier to see if they’re eligible and find out how to apply.

And you can make big savings on energy bills by ensuring you are on the right tariff for your usage. Get on to your energy provider to ensure you are on the cheapest tariff available.

Plus people who "switch" energy providers can often make big savings, on average about £300 per household per year.

Try www.uswitch.com or other comparison sites.

And don't forget: the colder your home, the more likely you are to suffer from condensation. This makes it doubly important that you keep your home warm this winter, as condensation is unsightly and can lead to mould growth if left to spread.

The best way to prevent this is to keep the heating on a low temperature constantly, and it's better to heat your whole house at a moderate temperature than just one or two rooms, leaving others unheated.