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Staying warm at home

​​​Staying warm

When it's very cold, you can follow some simple tips to make sure you stay as safe and warm as possible.

During the daytime

You can do the following things to keep your home warm:

  • draw your curtains and close all doors to block out draughts and keep heat in your rooms
  • have a hot meal every day, at least once, and try to have warm drinks regularly - this will keep your energy levels up
  • keep active so that you feel warmer - move around at least once an hour if you can't take regular and more vigorous exercise
  • if you need to go outside, wrap up in warm clothes
  • dress warmly when inside too, but try to wear lots of thin layers instead of one or two thick ones
  • heat all the r​ooms you use during the day - if you can't heat them all, heat the one you spend most time in, and then heat your bedroom in the evening before you go to bed
  • set your thermostat to around 21°C (70°F)
  • set your heating timer so that it comes on before you get up in the morning, and turns off when you go to bed at night
  • if the weather is very cold, set the timer so that your heating is on for longer before you get up in the morning - this is more efficient than simply turning your thermostat up

During the night

 You can stay warm by doing the following:

  • heat your bedroom to just over 18°C (65°F)
  • use a hot water bottle or an electric blanket - but never use both together and always make sure your electric blanket is safe and that you're using it properly
  • wear sensible bedclothes to bed - including socks and thermal underwear

Electric blankets and heaters (staying safe section)

Insulation

You can help keep your home warmer, healthier and more cost-effective by making sure it's properly insulated. You could:

  • insulate your pipes and hot water cylinder
  • insulate all wall cavities
  • seal any gaps around windows and doors with draught-proofing materials
  • check your loft insulation: it should have at least 10-11 inches (270mm) of insulation. You should have it increased if your home has four inches (100mm) or less

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