Have a look at the thermal images on this page, which have been taken in AAFAF members' homes, and be convinced that these tips work. In all images blue shows cold areas; yellow and red are warmer.
Curtains and blinds stop a lot of heat loss even if you have double glazing. Consider closing them earlier in the evening and opening them later in the morning. Keep them closed in any room that you are not using.
Draughts make you feel cold (think wind chill factors).
Draughts are coming in at the sides of this door and can be easily and cheaply stopped using draught excluder around the frames.
CAfS Cold to Cosy (see below) can help with draughtproofing
Have you insulated the loft hatch? These images show the effect of a bag of lightweight insulation on the hatch (take care to catch it when you open the hatch). The right-hand image shows that the insulation covers only part of the hatch and could be improved.
Put on an extra layer and turn the thermostat down a degree (but only if you will not harm your health). One degree lower could save you around 5% of your annual heating cost.
Turn the thermostat down if you are going out for a while.
Some other ways we can make our homes more energy efficient
Cumbria Action for Sustainability can also help
Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria offers free energy-saving advice and equipment, along with referrals for a range of other support, to help you make your home warmer and more comfortable. The service is available across Cumbria, and has already helped hundreds of households to save money on heating bills and do their bit for the planet by using less energy.
If you're struggling with high heating bills and still get cold, CAfS may be able to help
CAfS energy-saving advice calls are a free service for all eligible households.
This service can also be provided to those not eligible for a fee.
You can watch a short video about the service here.
CAfS are also doing home audits
Save energy and money with a CAfS home audit. Their comprehensive assessment will help you to make your home more energy efficient and better able to cope with extreme weather like flooding.
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