How can I keep warm and well in Rother?

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How can I keep warm and well in Rother?

If your home is un-insulated, you could be losing up to half your heat through the walls and roof.

Keeping warm and well doesn't have to cost the Earth. There are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient and save money. You may also be eligible for a grant to help with the costs of installing energy efficiency measures.

To keep your house warm, think about:

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Draught proofing doors and windows
  • Hot water tank jackets
  • Central heating or heating repairs
  • Heating controls

Other ways to stay warm and well include:

  • Try to keep a temperature of 18-21oC in all rooms used.  If not, keep the living room warm and preheat the bedroom before going to bed.
  • Wear several thin layers of clothes rather than one thick layer - the warmth from your body will get trapped between the layers.
  • Aim to have at least one hot meal a day, and hot drinks regularly throughout the day.
  • Moving around generates extra body heat, so any kind of activity will help to keep you warm.

No Cost Tips:

  • Set your hot water thermostat to 60oC.
  • Shower instead of bathing, it uses two thirds less water and energy.
  • Close curtains at dusk to keep heat in.
  • Don't leave your TV, video or computer on standby - it can use nearly as much as when they are in use.  Turn off at the main switch.
  • Choose the right sized pan for the food you are cooking and for the cooker hob.  Keep the lid on.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Only boil as much water as you need in your kettle.
  • Defrost your fridge regularly to keep it running efficiently.
  • Wash laundry at 30oC and only when you have a full load or use the economy programme.
  • Close internal doors to reduce draughts.

Low Cost Tips:

  • Make sure your hot water cylinder is well insulated.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs - they can last up to 12 times longer and each one can save up to £9 per year on bills.
  • Fix brush seals to exterior doors and letterboxes.
  • Fix shelves above radiators to direct warm air into the room.
  • Put aluminium foil behind radiators.

Energy Saving Trust offer advice on saving energy in your home. Contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, or visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

Directgov website also has information and advice on Health and Well being and Energy Efficiency Grants.

Disabled Facility grants are available to assist with carrying out adaptations, providing facilities or improving access in and around a disabled person's home, in conjunction with an East Sussex County Council Occupational Therapist.  For more information, please call 01424 787565 or email: privatesectorhousing@rother.gov.uk

NHS Choices offers a confidential advice and information on health matters and is available any time.  Information can be obtained from their website at www.nhs.uk/symptom-checker/ or you can contact them on 111.

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