One of the most common faults at this time of year is boilers losing pressure.
People usually discover this when they've had their heating off for a while. As soon as you start it up you may see a warning code of 'E119' or 'E118'. This is sign that the pressure in the pipes that supply your radiators has dropped and it means the boiler won't work.
Thankfully it's an easy problem to fix yourself. We've put together a handy video to explain what to do to get the pressure back to normal. Watch it here.
Frozen pipes can also stop your boiler from working.
All you need is a kettle and the problem can be solved.
If you have a power cut or electricity supply issue, you will need to contact Western Power on 0800 6783 105.
Most of our properties have some kind of back-up heating such as an electric fire or immersion heater.
If you need to use either of these, it is important to check them before our office closes at the end of the working day so that, if your boiler fails, you know there is something in place.
Did you know that running out of credit on your gas meter can seriously affect your boiler?
Keeping your account topped up will help keep your boiler working and make sure you have the heat and hot water you need.
Caring for yourself and loved ones
Age UK have published a handy guide with top winter tips for older people. It also offers useful contacts.
If you or someone close to you has a lifeline system, now would be a good time to check it's in full working order.
You can do this by pressing your pendant or the 'help' button on the unit.
Unfortunately, more people are needing to use food banks these days.
This means that many food banks are struggling to keep enough stock for those who need it and are, in some cases, having to turn people away.
Next time you're doing a big food shop, why not pick up a couple of extra items to support them and the people who depend on them? Find your local food bank.
Winter brings bigger energy bills for all of us, so it's a time when it's particularly important to have a household budget.
- Think about your priority bills (for example rent and utility bills). There can be serious consequences if you don't keep up with these so it's important to sort them out first.
- Take note of your income and outgoings. If you have any direct debits or standing orders, make sure that you know what is coming out and when so that you can be ready and make sure there is enough in your account to cover them.
- Use a spending diary. You can find one here that will help you keep track of everything you spend.
We all struggle from time to time and the Christmas period is particularly difficult. With all the added expenditure Christmas brings, people can find themselves in a position where they have little to no money to feed themselves or their families.
There’s a lot of stigma around the use of food banks and pride or worry stops many people from using these services. But the staff and volunteers at food banks are not judgemental and they make no preconceptions about those using them. Often, they are giving a little back after needing the service themselves and so understand the courage it takes to ask for help. They want you to feel welcome and alleviate any concerns or anxiety you may have.
If you find yourself worrying about having enough food over the Christmas period, you can find information on local food banks here: