WITH energy prices on the up and the Office for National Statistics reporting an increase in the number of winter deaths, North East Lincolnshire Council is reminding people they should seek help instead of suffering in the cold.
The authority has many ways to help people keep their homes warm as temperatures start to fall this winter.
Councillor Ray Oxby, portfolio holder for housing and environment, said anyone who will struggle to keep their home warm this winter should not hesitate to call NELC's energy advice team on 01472 324782 to find out what help is available.
"There are also other ways for all households to cut their home energy bills," he said.
"It's always worth shopping around and regularly reviewing your supplier to check you're not paying too much for your gas and electricity.
"An easy way to find out is to call your energy supplier and ask them which tariff you're on.
"They have a legal obligation to tell you if they have a cheaper tariff you could switch to.
"Nobody should be suffering in a cold, poorly heated home."
If you own your home or rent from a private landlord and if you receive certain benefits, including Pension Credit, then you might be eligible for grants that cover the cost or go towards having a boiler repaired or replaced and fitting loft or cavity wall insulation.
The assistance offered is part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme where the big six energy suppliers are obliged to provide heating and insulation improvements for those people who meet the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible for energy-saving improvements to your own home you must own property or rent it privately, have the owner's permission to do the work and also receive one of the following benefits: