With the colder weather there are a few top tips for keeping warm without costing a fortune:
In the longer term you might consider improving the heating efficiency of your home, including better insulation. You can check whether you are entitled to grants and subsidies for home heating and insulation and have a home energy audit done. ChiddGreen can help you with this.
Right now, however, you will be wanting to keep warm, and eat well! Always shut and draught proof outside doors, even if it is a rolled up blanket. Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat inside your rooms. Aim for indoor temperatures of 21˚ C in the main rooms 18˚ C for other unoccupied rooms, like bedrooms, or the dining room that you don’t use very often. If you can spend the day in a cosy warm room, like a small study, then you will be making the most of the heat you are paying for. And keep a blanket or duvet on the sofa to snuggle up in!
If your boiler breaks down emergency heaters may be available via Waverley.
It may be obvious, but please never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together. Check the electric blanket is in good working order, and have someone else check it for you every so often. Be aware of carbon monoxide – given off with naked flames, or faulty boilers. It is colourless and odourless, and can kill. But you can get a Carbon Monoxide detector, and whoever services your heating equipment checks for danger signs and advising on safety.
Housing association tenants
If you are a housing association tenant please contact your housing association for upgrades toyour home and advice on energy efficiency and benefits.