Warm up this Winter: Sustainability Newsletter | Staffordshire County Council

Warm up this Winter

Did you know according to National Grid, we use 30 per cent more gas and 25 per cent more electricity than in the summer?

At this time of year, the most important thing to do is keep warm. In this issue, we’re sharing some top tips on how to do exactly that besides turning up the thermostat.  

Layer up 

It goes without saying, but make sure you are wearing those layers, especially if you’re heading outside.  

Gym clothes are great to wear as your base layer, then add woolly jumpers and thick hoodies over the top before adding your waterproofs. When it’s extra chilly, keeping your head warm with a woolly hat, and wearing thick socks and gloves will make all the difference when you’re out and about. 

Keep moving 

Heading outside to exercise may seem like the last thing you want to do when it’s cold. But going out for a brisk walk is the perfect way to warm up and won’t cost you a penny.   

Comfort foods are made for winter 

Cook up some winter warmers to keep your body warm from the inside out. Chillis, curries, spaghetti bolognese and a good old Sunday roast are some popular favourites which are also great for batch cooking and leftovers making your meals last longer and go further.  

Try cooking in an air fryer or slow cooker too to keep your energy costs down.  

Hot water bottles 

Bring out the hot water bottle instead of heating the whole house. Perfect when working from home or warming up your bed. 

Apply for free energy upgrades

Eligible off-gas homes in Staffordshire can get new energy upgrades to keep their homes warmer for less. The upgrades are free of charge and fully funded by the Staffordshire Warmer Homes scheme.

You can apply if: 

  • Your home is off gas.
  • You have a household income of below £31,000.
  • Or you claim a means-tested benefit.