• Keeping cosy this winter

  • Keeping cosy this winter
  • It's important to keep yourself warm, especially in cold weather. With the winter months fast approaching, now is the time to look at ways to keep you and your home warm without increasing your energy use.

    There are lots of simple things you can do to keep cosy, from wearing the right clothing and checking that your heating is working, to draught proofing and insulating your home. And we've come up with lots of energy saving tips to help you stay in control of your heating bills.

     

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    We recommend a room temperature of 18°C (65°F) if you’re active and 21°C (70°F) if you’re less mobile. Make sure that the temperature in your house doesn't drop below 16°C, as this increases the risk of getting hypothermia.

     

    The dangers of hypothermia

    Hypothermia is a condition when your core body temperature drops below 35°C (95°F). Babies and children, older people and people who are severely ill are more likely to become hypothermic, so it's vital to keep them warm in colder weather. The main signs of hypothermia include drowsiness, slurred speech, feeling confused, a puffy face, involuntary violent shivering and the body feeling cold to the touch.

     

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    Severe hypothermia requires urgent medical attention, so call 999 immediately if you see any of these signs.

     

    Financial help to keep your home warm

    We want you to be warm and comfortable in your home, but understand that sometimes it can be hard to pay for your energy bills. But there's lots of ways you can save money, such as paying by monthly Direct Debit or switching to paperless billing.

    There are various grants available for the installation of loft and cavity wall insulation, and even draught proofing. And if you're on a low income, you may qualify for a rebate on to your electricity account through the Warm Home Discount scheme. You can see if you qualify for the rebate by completing an online assessment.

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