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Cold Weather Plan may help save you money on bills


Public Health England have released The Cold Weather plan, new guidelines for people in the UK to help them deal with the cold winter weather and cut down on heating bills this winter.
The new recommendations aim to protect the population from harm due to cold weather, and to help people take advantage of money saving techniques when it comes to heating their homes. The Cold Weather plan recommends keeping homes heated to 18C, day or night, to help ward off illnesses, such as flu. It also gives advice on what to do in severe cold weather, how to prepare for snow and how to look after other more vulnerable people than you in cold weather.
Last years report advised homes be kept at 21C, but that information was based off outdated World Health Organisation figures from 30 years ago. This is good news for energy users, as British Gas says a reduction in your heating temperature of just one degree could cut the typical gas bill by as much as 10%.

The report says:
“The Cold Weather Plan for England (CWP) aims to prevent avoidable harm to health, by alerting people to the negative health effects of cold weather, and enabling them to prepare and respond appropriately. The CWP also aims to reduce pressure on the health and social care system during winter through improved anticipatory actions with vulnerable people.”

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