Households can refer to Public Health Englandís (PHE) cold weather plan, to learn how they can reduce the amount they expend on energy bills, a figure which has soared over the past year and by and large under the current governmentís entire incumbency.
Typically entailing measures to combat the risk of health problems resulting from wintery weather, PHEís report, written in tandem with local government and the NHS, can be indirectly interpreted by those seeking to save cash on their rising energy bills.
PHE has reduced its minimum thermostat reading to 18C for any room being used by the family during the day, from its previous recommendation of 21C in last yearís cold weather plan. If this endorsement is adhered to, it could save families substantial sums of cash, especially when British Gasí assertion, that a consistent cutback of only 1C could cut the average gas bill by 10%, is considered.
The plan also advises consumers to ensure their houses are properly insulated, ensure their heating systems & boilers are checked on a regular basis and be generally aware of their energy efficiency.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the LGAís Community Wellbeing Board said:
ìSoon the cold weather will be setting in and so itís important to be ahead of the curve and start planning now. We need everyone in our communities to be on the look-out for signs that something might be wrong. Whether it be milk bottles left outside, newspapers stuck in the letterbox or curtains drawn all day, any sort of unusual activity could be a sign that something is wrong and that someone is in need of help.
Council teams will soon be on standby to help with everything from carrying out emergency household repairs like defrosting pipes and fixing frozen boilers to delivering hot meals and portable heaters, and will be checking in on elderly and vulnerable residents to make sure they are okay.î
Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England, said:
ìEvery winter thousands of people die from a range of health conditions many of which can be linked to cold weather. The sad thing is many of these deaths are preventable through relatively simple measures, many of which are best done before the really cold weather sets in.
Of course much of what we can all do is common sense, such as making our homes as energy efficient as we can and putting the heating on, dressing warmly and keeping active when itís cold.î
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