Almost 17,000 people in the UK died due to cold housing during the winter of 2017/18, according to new statistics from think tank E3G and fuel-poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA).
The total number of excess winter deaths in 2017/18 was around 56,300, of which 16,890 have been attributed to cold housing conditions.
E3G (climate-change think tank) and National Energy Action (UK fuel-poverty charity) revealed these statistics on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (15 February), which aims to raise awareness of support for those in fuel poverty.
The two organisations have also confirmed that the excess winter death rate in 2017/18 was the highest since 1976.
There are a few grants or schemes designed to help people meet the cost of keeping their home warm. For example:
At the moment, you could save around £163 a year by switching from a tariff at the level of the price cap to the cheapest deal on the market.
There will be even bigger savings to be made from April. Earlier this month, a £117 increase to the energy price cap was announced, effective as of 1 April 2019.
This increase means that energy companies could raise the prices of their standard of default tariffs, which would affect 11 million people.
As we get older, changes in our bodies can make us feel more sensitive to colder temperatures.
It's important to keep your body temperature at around 37°C, because letting it drop below 35°C can lead to serious conditions such as hypothermia.