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Home heating advice for the cold weather

7 November 2014

After an unseasonably warm October, November has brought with it some more typical weather and many home heating systems are being fired up for the first time this autumn. Thoughts have turned to keeping homes warm and damp free on a budget. At CSE, this has meant a noticeable change in the demand for energy advice services. There were more visits to the website yesterday (6th November) than any other day in 2014; a total of 4,132 page visits, one fifth of which were to the room heater advice page.

“Since the weather started getting colder we’ve experienced a big increase in the number of visitors to our energy advice website" said Jamie Walters, Project Manager in the Household Energy Service team.

"Lots of people are also calling our freephone advice line for guidance on using their heating and keeping warm without running up huge bills” 

The screen-grab below shows the November spike in visitor numbers that Jamie is referring to (extreme right of the graph), plus a similar spike in October.

If your home is feeling cold, our website is a good place to start. We have more than 50 advice pages on topics including boiler upgrades, understanding your heating controls and getting the best deal from your energy supplier.

These were some of the most popular pages from the last week:

Energy mythbuster – popular pieces of advice that are actually just myths. Myth: It’s better to leave the hot water heater on all the time, rather than turning it on and off (see the explanation on the advice page).

Night storage heaters – these can be a good option if you use electricity to heat your home.

Central heating controls – learn to use timers and thermostats to heat your home more efficiently.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch on our freephone advice line. We can advise you about saving energy, or help you understand what grants and support you're eligible for.

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