Families Advised To `Stay Safe & Warm` This Winter, So Let’s Make it Happen the Green & Cheap Way
If it’s cold outside, then you need to keep warm inside your home, but it is essential that you keep safe at the same time. Many people who struggle to keep their home warm during the winter months often turn to less safe and cheaper forms of heating such as paraffin heaters, naked flames and hot water bottles and heated blankets.
Look out for family and friends.
If you have family or friends who are elderly or vulnerable, it is essential that they stay warm in the colder months, so remember to talk to them and pop in from time to time to check all is well. Make sure they have plenty of warm layers on, that any equipment they are using is in good order and safe and that they are using any benefits they are entitled to, to help them beat their household fuels costs.
Tips to help keep you warm, day and night.
With this in mind, there are some quick and immediate solutions to help keep you and your family safe and warm this winter. Some quick solutions require no money outlay on your part, for example, simply turning your boiler down by 1 or 2 degrees could save you up to 10% on your overall heating bill. If you feel the chill, then add an extra layer to keep cozy and snug. To achieve this, an efficient temperature control system is a must and investing in a modern thermostat is a good idea. In addition, while it is tempting to fire up the boiler as the nights draw in, if you can delay the time of the year that you decide to switch your boiler back on to a little later in the autumn rather than the beginning of it, more savings could be coming your way.
If you are at home during the day, heat your main living area to around 64-69 degrees. If you need to heat the rest of your home, then aim for a lower overall temperature of 60 degrees. Where possible, instead of turning up the thermostat as soon as you wake up in the morning to gain that instant hit of heat, set your timer to come on a few hours before you rise from your bed. By doing this, your home will have reached and ambient and cozy temperature while helping to keep your fuel bill under control and you won’t be cold while you wait for the house to heat up.
At night time, your bedroom can be a few degrees cooler as lower, but not cold, temperatures can actually help you drop off naturally. Add an extra blanket or two if you really feel the cold and never underestimate the comfort bed socks and pajamas can offer. Never be tempted to use an electric blanket with a hot water bottle, even when the blanket is switched off and remember that electric blankets should be tested at least every three years to ensure they are safe to use – a service that various charities with the Fire Service can help with.
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