Winter Watch is run by Reading Borough Council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months.
Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns, have never lived independently, or struggle financially.
Winter Watch can:
- give general energy advice
- explain energy bills and show how to submit meter readings
- add residents to the energy companies priority list (subject to criteria)
- advise on smart meters and explain how they work
- apply for the £140 warm homes discount (for those on certain means-tested benefits)
- help switch energy suppliers
- give emergency credit in times of crisis
- help set up complicated heating timers
- advise on running costs of household appliances
- advise on pay-as-you-go meters and explaining what each screen means
- help manage large energy debts
- lend heating equipment
- give guides on saving money and saving energy
- help with draught proofing
You can apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 0118 937 3747 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.