Cold weather can be a problem for
anyone but especially older people
and people
with a disability.

If your home isn't properly insulated, it will be cold in winter - and it will cost you more to heat. There are other little things you can do to keep your home warm, night and day.

• Good curtains or blinds and box pelmets can cut your heating bills.

• Set your thermostat around 20˚C and only heat the rooms you use during the day.

• Keep your living room warm during the day and heat up your bedroom before you go to bed.

• Several layers of thin clothes will trap body heat and help you keep warm. Slippers are also a good idea.

• When it's really cold, set your thermostat to come on earlier, rather than turning it up, so you won't be cold while you're waiting for your home to warm up.

• At night, keep your bedroom window closed.

• Use an electric blanket or hot water bottle - but not at the same time.

• Draught-proof around windows, external doors and letter box flaps to retain heat.

If you have difficulties keeping your home warm or paying heating bills, you may be

able to get some help under the Warmer Homes scheme, part-funded by Sustainable

Energy Ireland (SEI), Ireland's National Energy Authority. Contact us for information.

 

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