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Stay warm this winter

Millions of people in England live in cold homes and Doncaster Council’s Energy Team are on a mission to tackle this across the borough.

There is a real concern that with rising heating costs many people will not put on their heating and will suffer the cold.

Vanessa Hoyland-Powell, public health improvement officer at Doncaster Council, said: “Fuel poverty is a real issue for many families and households, and we want to ensure that people are aware of the help and support available to them, so that they can keep their homes warm this winter.

“There are insulation grants and other energy efficiency schemes that we can discuss with people who are worried about keeping their homes warm this winter and we’ve also put a list of common-sense top tips together to help people to keep themselves warm.

“Sitting and sleeping in cold rooms can cause existing medical conditions to get much worse and increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening illnesses. No one should be suffering in this way.”

Having the heating on in winter is extremely important for keeping warm and well. Here are some other things that people can do:

  • To keep warm and well in winter, heat your home to at least 18°C
  • Wear lots of thinner layers, which will keep you warmer than one thick layer.
  • Try not to sit still for more than an hour – take regular breaks to make a hot drink and move around a bit.
  • Make sure your house is well insulated and keep out draughts to keep heating costs down.

“We are also asking people to keep an eye out for signs of a cold home. Do you visit someone and have to keep your coat on when you are in their house? Are there damp patches on the walls or draughts through windows, doors, and floors? If you spot the signs of someone, especially someone who is vulnerable, living in a cold home please do get in touch with our team.

“From winter fuel payments to cold weather payments and warm home discounts there is a range of support available to make sure that across Doncaster we all keep warm and safe in our homes this winter,” added Vanessa.

For more information visit or to contact the team call 01302 737053 or email

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