When thinking of ways to save money in your home, it's best to look at where the most heat is lost. This can help us direct resources and energy into stopping this from happening:
Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% (typically saving around £60 per year). However it is important to ensure homes are heated to the correct level in order to make sure you help you stay healthy and comfortable:
21-24°C - The recommended living temperature for a home where older people or children are living
18-21°C - No risk to healthy adults
Below 16°C - Diminished resistance to respiratory infections
Below 12°C - Increased blood pressure and viscosity
Below 9°C - After 2 or more hours, deep body temperature falls
Here are some examples of some of the small steps you can start taking today to start saving energy:
• Switch off lights
• Draught proofing
To view some useful videos on saving energy in each room in your house please click here.
For advice on staying warm and well throughout the winter, Age UK has issued it's Winter wrapped up guide which includes tips and hints, energy saving ideas and useful contact numbers. You can view Age UK's website and download the guide here.
Benefit changes are coming in April 2013