We know that many people in the UK do not have the choice to turn down their heating, because they simply can’t afford to put the heating on in the first place, even here in the South Hams 12% of households are already living in fuel poverty and that number is only going to rise as energy prices increase.
The advice below is intended for anyone who is able to make the choice to turn down their heating. If you can’t afford to keep your home warm enough, we strongly urge you to contact our energy advice team who will be able to help. Depending on the condition of your home you will also need to make sure there is enough warmth and ventilation to avoid damp and condensation building up.
This blog was written by Sophie, one of South Dartmoor Community Energy’s advice team managers.
Did you know that turning down the heating by only 1c can reduce your heating bill by 10%!
There are several reasons why you might want to turn down your heating:
You can contact our advice team for help if you are struggling to keep your home warm email@example.com or call 0800 112 3044.
So what’s a good temperature for your house?
18-21c is the suggested temperature for homes in the UK. But we encourage you to find what feels comfortable to you.
I am a very active person and I don’t like the house very warm, so I am comfortable at 16-17c most of the time. But if I sit still for a long time I do need it a bit warmer, say 18-19c and if I’ve already employed my other ‘keeping warm’ tactics I will need to put the heating on. I also don’t have any issues with damp and condensation, and my house is small and does not take a long time to heat up and cool down.
Here are some of my top tactics for keeping warm without using the central heating:
And of course, its crucial to get your home insulated to reduce the heat loss, a fully topped up loft insulation, and cavity wall insulation are the basics. You can also insulate solid walls, sloping ceiling and under the floor. Contact our energy advice team for information on local installer companies and grants.
SDCE has a team of qualified and experienced advisors to help householders in the South Hams keep warm at home, if you have any questions on what support is available to you please contact us on 0800 112 3044, or email firstname.lastname@example.org