When programming your central heating, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up.
Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more, it makes sense to have the heating off and timed to come on about 1/2hr before the house is occupied again.
Try to consider the following:
- The location of your thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency. The thermostat must be on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows.
- Furniture will block natural air movement, so try not place pieces in front of or below radiators or thermostats.
Finally remember cold homes can have a significant impact on your health particularly the young, elderly and those with health problems
Buying a new boiler
If you are buying a new boiler for your heating system and don’t need or can’t get financial help, it’s still worth checking out the energy rating of the boiler you are thinking of installing by checking an on-line boiler efficiency database.
It may be worth contacting your energy supplier to see if they are offering any funding.
Nottinghamshire Warm Homes on Prescription
The Nottinghamshire Warm Homes on Prescription project aims to help low income residents with cold-sensitive long-term health conditions to achieve affordable warmth.
We can help residents who satisfy the following criteria
- Have long-term health conditions made worse by the cold
- Live within the Newark and Sherwood District Council area
- Are in fuel poverty (defined as having a gross household income of no more than £16,010 per annum excl. PIP/DLA or £800/month after mortgage/rent)
- Have savings of less than £16K
- Own their own home or privately rent their home
How we can help
- Boiler repairs/replacement (please note this is not an emergency service)
- New heating controls
Make heating more affordable:
- Reducing heating costs with tariff switching
- Increasing income using benefits checks
- Using heating efficiently – setting controls and timers
Advice on the importance of keeping warm:
- Cold worsens existing health conditions
- Increase risk to those with respiratory, circulatory and mobility conditions
- Keep warm and safe
- Heat rooms to healthy temperate (18 – 21 oC)
How to contact us
Energy and Home Support Advisor