February 2024

With this current cold weather, it’s important for you that you keep your home warm. The safest way to heat your home is by using your central heating system.

To keep your home safely warm for you, please try to follow this advice:

1. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, try to keep your bedroom at 18⁰C (65⁰F) and the main living room at 21⁰C (70⁰F).

2. Don’t use other types of heating such as open fires, ovens or hobs, propane gas heaters, space heaters, or damaged or faulty electric heaters – these may put you and other people in your home at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a serious fire.

3. To help keep heat in your home draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts. Draught excluders, which are available from most hardware retailers for a few pounds will help to seal small gaps in your windows, doors and letterboxes.

4. If you have a loft, using insulation can help keep the heat in your home. For the latest advice on loft insulation visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

5. For free home energy efficiency advice, you can visit the government website or call 0800 098 7950.

6. If you live in London, you can also visit the Energy Saving Trust website for free and impartial advice on saving energy or call 0808 196 8260.