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It might have been a warmer than usual autumn but the winter is about to arrive. Bitterly cold winds, scraping ice off your car in the morning and slippery surfaces. The winter has its downsides but also its up sides too. Bonfire Night, hot chocolate and of course Christmas.
The winter is the time of year where your heating bills will start to soar up. Have no fear, we’re here to show you how you can get the most out of your heating and save money on your bills. We also appreciate that it’s the worst time of the year for your heating to go wrong. We’ve got some tips on how you can keep warm in the winter months whilst you wait for your heating to be fixed.
These can all be found on our Winter Hub. A place to find tips on your heating and saving money in your home. Here are some examples of some top tips you can find…
Boiler Breakdown. What you need to do
Check out our video on what you can check if your boiler stops working:
- Tuck your curtains behind your radiators if they are under your windows as this will help to keep the heat in.
- You can buy ‘Radiator Shelfs’ which can deflect heat back into your home rather than being wasted into the ceiling.
You can find out more on how to use your heating efficiently here.
- Use a draft excluder in front of doors to keep drafts at bay. Why not make your own draft excluder by following this guide here.
- If you’re getting certain benefits, you might be entitled to a ‘Cold Weather Payment’ to help with your energy bills. See if you can apply here.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby. It can cost a household £37 a year when leaving the little red light on.
You can find out more about saving on your energy bills this winter here
Keeping warm in the winter
- Look out for your elderly neighbours. They may feel the cold more in the winter. Make sure they have plenty of food, medicine during the cold weather. If you’re worried about an elderly neighbour or relative, contact you local council or Age UK on 0800 169 8787.
- Several thin layers rather than one thick layer are better.
- Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods.
- Your living room at home should be around 18-21 degrees.
You can find out more about keeping warm in the winter here.
You could be entitled to a range of benefits to help with your heating bills this winter depending on your circumstances. This could include a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’, the ‘Warm Home Discount Scheme’ and a ‘Cold Weather Payment’.
You can find out more about these benefits here.
There are a whole lot more tips and tricks to help keep you warm and save money this winter. All of these can be found in our Winter Hub. To visit the Hub, click here