Recent data provided by the Met Office suggested that last December was the coldest for 100 years in the UK. Whilst the country has seen an unusually warm autumn this year, the worst of the winter weather could be set to kick in soon.
Here are some top tips to help you prepare for the winter ahead;
Collective price hikes from utility companies has seen the cost of gas and electricity rise by approximately 20% recently, adding an average of £200 to the annual dual fuel bill. This has placed added pressure on a number of households which are already struggling financially. Many may be forced to go without sufficient heating this winter in order to save money.
However, you can take other measures to stay warm this winter. Firstly, wearing more layers, wrapping up in blankets and using hot water bottles are all great initiatives to keep the cold out. You should also drink plenty of hot drinks to keep your body warm, and use candles and lights to generate heat.
Keep doors closed so you don’t allow heat out of a room, and keep the curtains closed to limit heat escaping through the windows.
Using the heating facility in your car uses more fuel, which could ultimately cost you more in the long run. However, it is vital that you heat up your car to improve visibility on your windows.
You can prepare for winter by purchasing a heated car seat, which is powered by the car’s voltage. Always travel with spare blankets, a torch and a bottle of water in case you break down. Breakdown cover can also be an obvious help in this situation.
During the winter, the NHS sees a significant increase in hospital admissions. A study by the North West Public Heath Observatory suggested recently that the number of winter falls costs the NHS an average of £42 million per year.
The research found that older people are the most likely to be admitted to hospital during the winter, mainly due to falls on snow and ice. Take care on the ice and always wear sensible footwear as well as eating healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables.Back to top