The cold winter months make us more likely to get ill through colds or flu, so it’s important to make sure our homes are kept warm.

There are some simple steps you can take to make sure your home is warm:

While you’re at home

  • Set your thermostat at around 18 – 21°C and heat the rooms that you use during the day
  • If you can’t afford to heat all the rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed
  • Set the timer on your heating to come on before you get up and reduce the temperature at night

During the night

  • Try to keep a temperature of around 16°C in your bedroom overnight
  • You can use an electric blanket or hot water bottle to help keep you warm at night, but never use both at the same time as you could electrocute yourself
  • If you use an electric blanket, make sure it is safe to use and that you are using it according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • You can also wear bed socks or thermal underwear

Wear warm clothes

  • Make sure you put on your hat, scarf, coat, gloves and warm shoes when you go outside

Reducing your energy bills

  • To keep the heat in your house, you should make sure you close all outside doors and windows, and close blinds or curtains at night
  • If you’re making a cup of tea or coffee, only boil the water you need rather than filling the kettle
  • If you’re saving leftovers, let the food cool to room temperature before you put in in the fridge or freezer
  • Don’t leave your appliances on standby mode and turn the lights out if you’re not in a room

Things to watch out for

  • In extremely cold weather, you must make sure you have your heating on as it can cause pipes to freeze and crack
  • If this does happen, turn your water off at the stopcock and call Customer Care Line immediately on 0300 123 3456