With the cold weather taken hold it is tempting for homeowners to consider turning down their heating to save money. However, the latest government report shows that living in a cold house can lead to long term health problems including breathing and heart complications.
There is a particular concern for older people living in rural homes which are typically less well insulated. This group is most at risk and figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 87% of the preventable excess winter deaths in England and Wales last year were people over the age of 65.
With the coldest months of the winter yet to come, OFTEC, the UK trade body for the oil heating industry, is reminding households of a few simple steps they can take to save money on their heating over the holiday without turning it down and feeling the cold. OFTEC’s advice includes:
- Adjust the timer on your heating system so the house warms up at the correct time
- Ensure nothing is blocking any radiators as this reduces their effectiveness
- Turn down radiator thermostats in rooms you don’t use but keep the rooms you use most at a warm, comfortable temperature – 21 centigrade is recommended for your main living room
- Bleed your radiators to get the maximum heat for your money
- If you use oil heating, make sure you don’t run out – prices are at a four-year low so now is a good time to get your tank topped up.
OFTEC is also urging households to get their boiler serviced by a registered technician to avoid any problems in the cold months to come and to consider getting it replaced if it is more than ten years old.
If you are thinking of ordering more home heating oil or want advice either getting your boiler insured or serviced, please contact your local depot. For heating oil prices, you can also use our quote form at the top of the page