Energy bills and expenses

With energy bills more expensive than ever before, here are some budget-friendly ways to stay warm and cosy this winter.

1.Layer up

  • Wearing lots of layers, rather than one thick piece of clothing, is a smart way to keep warm in winter
  • Thermal clothing can work well to trap heat
  • Wear clothing made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabric to keep you warm 
  • If you can, change your duvet and blankets to thicker, winter ones

2.Keep draughts out and heat in

  • Block any areas in your home that are particularly draughty, including around window frames, keyholes and under doors. You can do this yourself or with a professional 
  • Keep your curtains open during the day to let light and warmth in and draw them before it gets dark to avoid losing heat

3.Be clever with heating

  • If you're worried about the cost of electricity, be selective about how you heat your home
  • Try and keep the room where you spend most of your time, such as your living room or bedroom, heated to at least 18°C to 21°C as recommended by The Energy Saving Trust.
  • Remember to turn off the radiators in hallways or rooms that aren't being used, and close doors to trap heat in 
  • Use a hot water bottle or an electric blanket to keep you warm at night instead of leaving the heating on

4.Get moving

  • Keep as active as possible to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods. Even light exercise will help keep you warm
  • If you do sit down, put your feet up, or wear warm socks and slippers as it’s coldest nearest the ground

5.Check what support you can get

  • You may be eligible for certain grants and benefits to help reduce the cost of your energy bill this winter. Visit Citizens Advice to find out more about available grants and benefits
  • Learn more about Energy Bills Support Scheme in England, Scotland and Wales, or Northern Ireland