Energy Action & Health
Keep Warm & Feel Healthier
Low household temperatures increase the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and can also affect mental health, so maintaining a warm home is an important way of keeping you and your family healthy.
Read our Keep Warm and Healthy this Winter leaflet, for tips on staying safe and warm this winter, including contacts for local services and tips on what to do in severe weather.
Please find below some of these useful winter tips you can protect both yourself and those close to you during cold weather:
The lead up to Winter:
- Check that your heating system (such as radiators, boiler and electric heaters) has been serviced to avoid the likelihood of breakdowns during the winter.
- As much as 33% of all the heat produced in your home is lost though poorly insulated walls and a further 25% can be lost from lofts. You, your family and friends may be eligible for grants to upgrade home heating systems and insulation, which will keep you warmer and save you money. Visit our Energy Saving Grants and Energy Saving Tips webpages to find out more.
- Fit a carbon monoxide alarm to detect any leakages from gas, solid fuel and oil burning appliances. Having windows closed in winter reduces ventilation and therefore increases the likelihood of carbon monoxide build-up.
- Homes not connected to the main gas networks should ensure that heating oil and gas supplies are purchased prior to the onset of cold weather to avoid running out of fuel.
- Protect and insulate your water pipes to avoid them freezing.
- Make sure you, your family and friends are up to date with appropriate vaccinations (eg. Flu, meningitis, pneumococcal).
Being prepared in Winter:
- Keep up to date with weather forecasts and avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions.
- Plan access to essential medication and groceries eg. order a larger supply or have them delivered.
- Have a room thermometer to check that your heating is working properly. Keep your living room heated to 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit and heat the rest of your home to around 18 degrees Celsius and 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dress warmly when you go outside. Being over dressed is better than getting cold.
- Try not to go outdoors unless necessary during cold weather, but keeping active in and around your home is important.
- Set a timer so that your heating comes on before you wake up in the morning.
- Never use a hot water bottle and electric blanket together, you could electrocute yourself. With any electric blanket, make sure it is checked every three years by an expert.
- Shut doors and draw your curtains to keep as much heat as possible in your home.
Find more information on how to prepare for this winter on the Met Office website.
Find further local winter travel and transport advice at on the Rutland County Council's Transport Winter Weather Advice webpage.
Find more tips to beat the winter blues on the NHS Winter Health website.