How to keep warm and enjoy this cold winter

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New predictions claim that we are set for a tough winter this year, with heaps of snow and below freezing temperatures – but don’t let that stop you enjoying the season.

Here’s how to stay warm:

l Control your heating by fitting a modern, programmable thermostat which can save you up to £120 a year by allowing you to programme your heating to suit your lifestyle at the push of a button.

If you haven’t already got a thermostat installed be sure to get one to keep your heating costs down this winter by visiting

l Protect your pipes.

You’ll need to keep heating on low at all times to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting this winter.

Exposed outdoor pipes will need to be wrapped with insulating material which can be found at a low cost at any hardware store.

l Use a hot water bottle instead of an electric blanket –it’ll keep you warm in bed and will cost you less.

l Nothing’s cosier than a warm winter fire, but keep down your carbon footprint by burning logs or biomass.

l Check loft insulation is intact as it will keep your house nice and warm whilst reducing heating costs by up to 25 per cent. Or if your home is already well insulated, think about renewables, which will help lower your bills even further.