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Staying warm in

the winter

Here are some simple tips for keeping your home warm for little or no extra cost:

Use your curtains

Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms.

Use your timers on central heating 

Programme your boiler to turn the heating about 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature. But don’t leave heating on low all day for heat when you don’t need it.


Move your sofa
By moving sofa from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.


Wrap up warm

If you have a hot water tank, make sure it is properly lagged – or insulated. This will keep the water warmer for longer, and reduce heating costs.

Turn down the dial
Research shows that reducing your thermostat down by 1°C (1.8°F) could cut your heating bill by up to 10 per cent. So keep the dial at 18°C (61°F), minimum as recommended by Public Health England to save money.


Block out the drafts
Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install. They will help to keep the warmth in your home and could save you money.

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