Keep warm and save money this winter (for gas central heating)

Keep warm and save money this winter (for gas central heating)
Keep warm and
save money this winter
By Keeping Yourself Warm
77 Wearing more jumpers, socks and
slippers around the house means
you won't be tempted to turn the
heating up. Clothes made from
wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are
a major benefit in these colder
months.
77 Wear several thin layers, rather
than one thick layer. This is
because they trap warm air close
to the body.
77 Keep active if you can as you will feel the cold less and you
can reduce your chances of becoming ill.
77 Your body keeps warm by burning food you've eaten, so
regular hot meals are essential. Concentrate on foods that
contain carbohydrates, such as potatoes, pasta, bread and
rice. Try porridge with hot milk for breakfast and soups and
stews for lunch and dinner.
77 Wear warm clothes in bed. When it’s really cold, wear thermal
underwear, bed socks and even a hat.
77 Try to keep your feet up, because air is cooler at ground level.
Keep warm and save money this winter
By Heating Your Home
77 Open the curtains on your south
facing windows during the day to
allow sunlight to naturally heat
your home, and close them at
night to reduce the chill you may
feel from cold windows.
77 Keep any windows and doors
closed when it’s cold – this will
keep heat inside, where you need it
the most.
77 Thick curtains are one of the main ways to protect your
home from losing heat through the windows. Curtains with a
thermal lining are a relatively cheap option.
77 Make sure curtains or furniture are not in front of radiators as
your boiler has to work harder to heat the home.
77 Invest in keyhole covers and draught excluders, they are a
cost effective way to keep the draughts out in cold weather.
77 You should not need your heating on all the time.
It is important to set your heating to turn on only when it is
required.
Keep warm and save money this winter
By Saving Energy
77 Don’t leave electrical items,
like the TV and DVD player on
standby. Switch them off as
items on standby will use
85% of the energy they would
use if left on.
77 Turn off any electrical chargers
once your appliance is at full
power, such as a laptop or
mobile phone.
77 If you have a dishwasher, fill it fully before using it and use
the eco setting so it’s more energy efficient.
77 Only boil as much water in a kettle as you need.
77 Place lids on the pans as it prevents wastage of heat and
cooks food quicker.
77 Wash your clothes at 30 or 40°C; most washing powders are
optimised to work at low temperatures.
77 Avoid putting your clothes on a radiator to dry as it stops
heat reaching the rest of the room.
77 Avoid using the tumble dryer – You can still hang your
clothes outside when it’s dry or use an indoor clothes horse
when the weather is bad.
Keep warm and save money this winter
Did You Know?
77 Using an electric blanket isn’t
as cost effective as using more
blankets or a hot water bottle to
keep warm on a night.
77 You shouldn’t block air vents as
it can cause condensation and
dangerous mould spores to form!
77 Turning up the heating above the
recommended 18-21°C doesn’t
warm your home faster.
77 Keeping the heating on all day on low does not save you
money. It takes less energy to warm up a cold room than it
does to maintain a constant temperature.
77 It is more energy efficient to turn the lights off when the room
is not being used.
If you would like further help or have any questions, please feel free to
contact the Sustainability team on 0345 8 507 507 or
e-mail [email protected]
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