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Keep warm and well this winter

Keep warm, keep well this winter posterCold homes have a significant impact on people's health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

Herefordshire Council is working in partnership with Marches Energy Agency to provide free and impartial advice on steps residents can take to improve the efficiency of their home, reduce heating costs and stay warm this winter.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said “As well as encouraging the take up of the free flu vaccination from GPs or pharmacies, we are also promoting the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme. The scheme provides free advice and support to people hoping to improve the energy efficiency of their home and at the same time reduce their energy bills.

“It can help with home energy grants, benefits and finance options as well as assistance in tariff and supplier switching to help with reduction in bills. It will also help find you the right installer for the job.

“It is always difficult to know who to trust, where to get unbiased information about offers and which installers to use, but the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme will assess the best installers and deals in the local area.”

Please contact Keep Herefordshire Warm, at no cost from a landline, by calling 0800 677 1432, email khw@mea.org.uk or text 07583 740914 to make sure that you are claiming all of the winter benefits that you may be entitled to.

For further advice on the scheme, keeping well and warm this winter and to check if you’re eligible for the free flu jab also look at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/winter-wellbeing.

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