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Consumers are being warned to keep their houses well heated in the cold weather and to make sure they received their cold weather payments.

The Department of Health is advising that elderly people and those with young children keep their houses heated to between 18 and 21 degrees.

However, there have been fears that rising energy costs would be mean people were unable to afford to heat their houses properly.

A recent survey form the National Housing Federation found that up to seven million people are living in a state of fuel poverty, where they spend more than ten per cent of their income on gas and electricity. It is calling on energy suppliers and the government to help reduce the cost of energy.

People on benefits could be entitled to cold weather payments if the temperature in their area drops below freezing seven days in a row.

Winter is often the most expensive time for energy bills. The most recent advice from Think Money to avoid falling behind on your bills is to compare gas and electricity suppliers to get the best deal.

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