Smart ways to save energy and stay warm this winter

Print Friendly

As temperatures plummet at this time of year, it is vital that we all take the necessary action to protect ourselves from the elements by staying warm – but what does that mean for our energy bills?

It has been a particularly hot topic recently, with a number of leading energy suppliers coming in for sustained criticism at their decision to raise tariffs which ultimately mean consumers paying out more than ever. The Energy Bill Revolution alliance, which McCarthy & Stone were delighted to join back in March of this year, aims to deliver lower energy bills alongside warm homes in the UK.

The alliance has asked the government to look at the possibility of using the £2bn which is acquires from carbon taxes make sure UK homes are as energy-efficient as possible.

Following on from this, McCarthy & Stone have launched an online Fuel Savings Calculator, available as a Facebook application, where users can see their current annual bills and get an estimate of how much they could potentially save.

However, the need to stay warm is something that everyone is aware of so what is the solution?

In order to help, here are a few smart tips to follow:

Layer up

Set the thermostat a couple of degrees lower by wearing several thin layers of clothing to help retain warmth and comfort. This is more effective than simply wearing one thick layer and lowering your heating thermostat to 10°C-15°C for 8 hours a day can save 10-15% on your annual heating bill. That’s a saving of 1% per degree.

Use thick furnishings

Reduce heat loss in your home by making a concentrated effort to block any draughts. Draught excluders at doors are an obvious option but drawing curtains as soon as you get home and swapping light summer fabrics for thick winter curtains can help keep your home warm and toasty.

You can also add thermal linings to the back of curtains or fit keyhole covers to help.

Set timers on your heating

Instead of heating your house constantly, set a timer on your controls. This will ensure your radiators only come on at set times and can reduce the amount of energy you use. First thing in the morning is an obvious time to have the heating warmed up but you may be able to switch it off entirely overnight.

Change your duvet

It’s amazing how much difference the right duvet can make to your comfort levels at winter so check the tog rating of yours and ensure it is suitable for winter use. Having a summer duvet on your bed at winter will not help you to stay warm.

Isolate your heating

If there are rooms in your house which you don’t use then don’t waste money heating them over winter. Isolate the heating in your home by adjusting the thermostat on each radiator so that disused rooms are not heated.

Keep doors and windows shut in these rooms to stop cold draughts spreading throughout the rest of your home.

Eat warm meals

Our bodies draw heat from the energy released by our food. Give it a helping hand by ensuring you take care of yourself and eat hot, healthy meals throughout the winter.

These should be packed full of nutrients and slow-release energy foods such as pasta and potatoes.

Clear the clutter

Keep radiators and heaters clear and uncovered. This is not only a top safety tip which can prevent accidents but it will also allow the heat they emit to circulate properly and warm your home more efficiently.

The following two tabs change content below.
Hello ... I am the Creative Director and Website Editor for Silversurfers and manage all the social media too. I hope you find the features and articles we have shared with you of interest and relevance. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us ... I hope you enjoy Silversurfers and all that we offer ...

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Retirement Living

Worried about retirement choices? HAWTHORNS
This will make you smile. As you consider your retirement options you’ll be doing your...
Rented Retirement Living Options For The Independently Minded The Hawthorns Eastbourne.

March/April 2014

Image licensed to The Hawthorns.

© Andy Butler 2014

T: 01323 887166
M: 07545 289437
The Hawthorns is one of retirements best kept secrets, where you really can Retire in Style. We...
Living the Dream in your own Luxury Retreat Silversurfers Article Pic 2
The prospect of retirement often leads people to evaluate their choices, with many seeking a...
A new home for Pauline and Molly the Westie at Sheldon Lodge  Mollie-and-Pauline
Although she was very happy in her home, Pauline Clapham decided it was time to move to somewhere...
Discover your ideal retirement location Retirement-Destination
Imagine your ideal retirement… can you feel the sand between your toes? Are you drenched in...
Keeping it in the family at King Harold Lodge – Heading Photos © Joel Chant -
UNP- 34309 - Whistle PR 
Churchill Retirement Living - 
Cousins Barbara Friggens, Left, and Corinne Stone enjoying a chat and a cup of tea at King Harold Lodge, Waltham Abbey
Almost 80 years after being born in the same house, cousins Barbara and Corinne have found...
Choose Churchill Retirement Living – and leave loneliness behind Esther Ranson
Loneliness is unfortunately a major issue in our society. Many older people choose to maintain the...
Brindley Lodge Owners make their garden grow Gardening Club
Green-fingered retirees at Churchill Retirement Living’s Brindley Lodge in Sale have set up a...
Bus journey makes friends and neighbours of Bess and Violet Mrs Curtis  Mrs Dent (1)
When Bess Dent and Violet Curtis got chatting on the bus one cold morning, little did they know...
Practical but magic for Sally in Romsey Abbey Lodge front external 2
The decision to move to Romsey from Cambridge was a practical one for Sally Stonehouse, and now...
New life and new beginnings at Eaton Lodge 405A4471
Moving to a retirement development has given Chester resident Christine Pratt a new lease of...
“We can lock up and leave – and everything will be fine” Barnes Lodge
Independent living in a Churchill Retirement Living apartment means a truly relaxed retirement –...