Time to beat the freeze! We caught up with the Gentoo gang to learn all about their helpful tips to get your home winter ready and help keep you and your loved ones warm during the colder months…



With the winter season fast approaching and COVID-19 restrictions meaning we’re all spending more time than ever in the safety of our homes, it’s important to make sure you and your home are prepared for the weather and temperatures that lie ahead.

From heavy rain, strong winds to freezing temperatures and snow, the colder months bring new challenges to our homes, gardens and businesses.

To help prepare Sunderland’s residents, Gentoo Group has launched its ‘Winter Ready’ campaign with some top tips to help ensure everyone is safe, warm and secure this winter season.

Winter can also bring a financial strain on some households, with higher energy bills, festive spending and other costs adding up.

If you are a Gentoo tenant, you can also benefit from the specialist advice and support offered the Group’s Money Matters Team.

Covering everything from energy saving advice and benefit entitlement, to budgeting and debt advice, the team is available to help support with a wide range of issues to help you make the most of your money.


Gentoo’s top tips for the colder months…


Prepare your radiators















Many residents won’t have used their radiators over the summer months. Make sure they’re working efficiently by always bleeding your radiators to remove any trapped air! Don’t forget to top up your boiler pressure afterwards.


Only pay for what you use!

Get into the habit of taking a gas and electricity reading every month and give it to your energy supplier via the telephone or their app or website! This will make sure that your bills are always correct, and you’re paying the right amount.


Save money on your bills















The Government’s Warm Homes Discount scheme is available to people on low incomes or some pension credits. This means you could be eligible for a one-off discount on your electricity bill between September and March!


Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms

We rely so much on our boilers during the winter, which makes us vulnerable to carbon monoxide. This is extremely dangerous and can kill. You should test
your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month to make sure they are working. While you’re at it, there’s no harm in checking your smoke alarms too – it could save your life!


Keep your home warm















Tucking heavy curtains behind your radiators can help to keep your home warm this winter. Make sure they don’t cover the thermostatic valve, as this could affect how well your radiator works!


Know what to do in an emergency

It is important to familiarise yourself with the location of your water stop-tap and electrical controls in case an emergency situation arises!


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