Here are some tips to help you keep warm.

  • Wrap up warm. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Clothes made of cotton, wool and fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat.
  • As far as you can, stay inside during a cold snap if you have heart or respiratory problems
  • Make sure slippers, shoes and boots are a snug fit with non-slip soles
  • Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm
  • Eat well. Eat warming, hearty and healthy meals. Porridge makes a really filling, warming and healthy start to the day
  • Make sure you have enough of the medicine you need in case you are unable to go out
  • Keep an emergency contact number for a friend, family member or neighbour in case you need help

Here are some tips to help you keep your home warm and comfortable.

  • Your main living room should be kept between 18 to 21C (64 to 70F)
  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed
  • If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is tested every 3 years.
  • Make sure your loft and cavity walls are insulated (there should be 27cm or 10.5 inches of insulation in the loft)
  • Fit draught-proofing to seal gaps around windows and doors
  • Insulate your hot water tank and pipes
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to keep heat in the rooms
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains
  • If you use solid heating fuel such as oil or LPG, make sure you have enough supply
  • Don’t use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home
  • Fit a carbon monoxide detector in your home. This will alert you if your heating system isn’t working properly.
  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm fitted

For advice about energy efficiency, including home heating and insulation, phone the Energy Advice Line on 0800 082 2234

And there are other organisations that can give you practical tips and advice.

Somerset Intelligence – Improving energy efficiency
Energy Saving Trust
Community Council for Somerset – Somerset warmer families
Centre for Sustainable Energy – Our green deal in Somerset

Last reviewed: November 6, 2023 by Paul

Next review due: May 6, 2024

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