See also the Citizens Advice information on this subject.
- Set your heating to come on just before you get up and switch it off after you’ve gone to bed. If it’s very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn it off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
- If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
- Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors
- Make sure that your loft has at least 10-11 inches (270mm) of insulation. Any home with 4 inches (100mm) or less should have it topped up.
- If you have wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too. Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
- Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
- Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
Affordable Warmth is a household’s ability to heat their home to a minimum standard. This is recommended to be 18° – 21°C without incurring fuel debt as a result. Calderdale Council is committed to helping lower-income households make their homes healthier, warmer and cheaper to heat. We have a range of heating and insulation schemes for residents who own or privately rent their own homes. Search for ‘Bertie’s Top Tips’ on calderdale.gov.uk for 10 tips for a warmer, healthier home.
For more information on being winter wise, see our booklet here.