Keep warm and save money this winter

Keep warm and save money this winter
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 the 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 this
will also 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.
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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, 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 cost effective option.
77 Make sure furniture is not in front of storage heaters as it will
make your room harder to heat.
77 Invest in keyhole covers and draught excluders, they help
keep the draughts out in cold weather.
77 It is important to set your storage heating controls correctly.
You should not need your storage heater output controls set
to high all the time.
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. Items
on standby use 85% of the energy
they would use if left on.
77 Turn off electrical chargers once
your appliance is at full power,
such as a laptop or
mobile phone.
77 If you have a dishwasher, fill it up before using it and use the
eco setting, 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 Do not put your clothes on a storage heater to dry, it is a fire
hazard.
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
mould.
77 Turning your output control down
to ‘1’ before you go to bed will help
save you money and save heat to
use the following day.
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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