Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:‘Keep Warm and Save Money’ seems like a pretty good idea, especially since we have had some quite cold days this week. As the year progresses towards Christmas, lots of us will dread the really cold weather and the looming cost of heating our homes.
There are lots of things we can all do to keep ourselves warm and there are lots of schemes out there to help us do just that; there are many sources of information such as the Energy Saving Trust and the CAB that can point you in the right direction. Simple changes can mean great savings. Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing, energy efficient glazing and heating controls are the obvious ones.
Under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) the big six energy companies have to offer free installation of loft and cavity wall insulation and boilers to help to some households. This depends on where you live, whether your property is difficult to insulate or whether you receive benefits. Many local councils and other authorities also make funds available to help with home insulation.
There are also even simpler measures that can make a big difference in creating a cosy home. Thick curtains, draught proofing and such simple things as shutting the doors to unused rooms to ‘keep in the warmth’!
Older properties are much harder to keep warm because they lack the insulation of new homes but this can be remedied by retrofitting exterior insulation; better health and better lives result.
Victoria Nicholls. Deal With It - Transition Deal.