As temperatures continue to drop there are a few things you can do to benefit your health and home over the winter months.
Ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible can help keep costs down:
- Set your heating: keep warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21°C)
- Take care of those close to you: look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold
- Plan ahead: stay tuned to the weather forecast and keep supplies
- Use appliances wisely: ensure your heating and cooking appliances are checked regularly
- Layer up: wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
- Insulate your hot water tank: this will only cost about £10 and you'll get your money back in under a year. Set the thermostat on the hot water tank to 60°C / 140°F
- Radiator shelves and reflectors: putting radiator reflectors or kitchen foil behind the radiator can help heat reflect into a room rather than being lost to the wall or the ceiling.
- Room heaters: if you need an individual room heater for additional heat, or if you do not have central heating, the most efficient type is a thermostatically controlled convector heater with timer.
- Eat well: regular hot meals and drinks helps keep your energy levels up. Try to make sure you continue eating five fruits and vegetables a day.
- Stay active: exercise is always good for you and can help keep you warm. Even if you are indoors, moderate exercise can bring health benefits.
For more information on energy efficiency, grants and advice visit the council's page on energy.
Winter is the busiest time of year for the NHS, which puts pressure on GPs and hospitals. Many common winter illnesses can be treated at home with over the counter products and rest:
- Don’t put off getting your free flu jab: if you’re eligible, get it now.
- Speak to your pharmacist: about medicines you can stock up on, treatment options for coughs and colds and minor injuries.
If you need help, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who can direct you to a local health service.
Check the Met Office weather forecast.
Posted on Friday 6th January 2017