By Helen Dean, Connecting Communities in Berkshire
As the cold weather sets in, it reminds us of what we can all do to reduce our energy and water usage at home whist staying warm.
Wrap up Warm – wear layers to keep the warmest
Keep the cold out – close doors, and use draught excluder if you need to. Buy thermal linings for curtains to keep the heat in.
Maintain the temperature – keep your main living room at 18–21°C (64–70°F) and the rest of your house at 16°C (61°F) at least. You only need to heat your home when you are in – once your home has heated up for the winter it only takes about half an hour to heat up or cool down, so you can switch the heating back on when you come in.
Have warming food and drinks
Stay Active -keep as active as possible to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm.
Check out what support you can get – There’s loads of advice on my webpage – https://ccberks.org.uk/our-projects/energy-advice-and-fuel-poverty/ This includes discounts off electricity and water for families, and individuals on low-incomes