Don’t Let the Freeze on the Winter Fuel Allowance — Leave You Frozen This Winter22nd October 2010
I am pleased to see Cameron kept his promise and has kept winter fuel payments, but with news starting that Europe could be facing the coldest winter in 1000 years will the frozen winter fuel allowance leave our elders struggling to warm up this winter?
If winter is set to be the coldest in 1000 years then we would expect that our central heating will be on perhaps higher and longer than previous years, this could leave not just those that rely on the Winter Fuel Allowance but everyone looking for ways to reduce their energy costs.
There are so many simple ways to reduce your energy costs, and save a little this winter.
- Turning your thermostat down by 1Â° can save you up to 10% a year.
- Timed heating — don’t leave the heating on unnecessarily at night or when you are out of the house. Set the timing for the heating and water to turn on an hour before you wake or return home and to switch off an hour before you leave the house.
- Draw curtains, blinds etc to stop heat from escaping.
- Reduce phantom power; appliances such as televisions, computers and microwaves are still consuming power when not being used. Wasted energy can total almost 25% of a home’s electricity bill, so choose appliances with low standby energy consumption, or look at our products that may help you eliminate the problem of phantom power usage.
- If you use an electric blanket or heating unit over the winter and getting out of your cosy warm bed to turn the appliance off drives you mad, or if you fall asleep and forget to turn these appliances off. Our rundown timer could be what you have been after, after 30 minutes it will automatically shutdown the appliance for you letting you stay in your warm bed!