Keeping warm and well this winter
There are lots of easy, practical steps you can take to save energy and reduce fuel costs:
- Turn off lights and appliances when not being used, and use energy saving bulbs.
- Move furniture away from radiators and tuck curtains behind them, to let warmth in.
- Set heating to come on only when someone is in the house, and set thermostats no higher than 21°C (unless a medical condition necessitates a higher temperature)
- Buy DIY draught-proofing equipment to stop up gaps around windows and doors.
For more tips and advice, go to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic
Check whether you can claim the Warm Home Discount, an annual rebate of £140 off your electricity bill. If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of the Pension Credit, or a means-tested benefit, you may be eligible. To find out whether you can claim, contact your electricity supplier, or call the Warm Home Discount Team on 0345 603 9439.
‘Go Energy Shopping’ to check you are getting the best deal – you could save up to £200 a year by switching supplier. Start the search at www.goenergyshopping.co.uk