February 2nd to February 6th was the Cold Home Week, to find out how inadequate warmth can affect our student homes, Hannah and I decided to take a little survey around the campus.
Why Cold Home Week?
Each winter, thousands of people in the UK died from the cold due, in part, to poorly insulated energy inefficient homes. Cold Homes Week is a campaign led by Energy Bill Revolution which raises the issue of insufficient insulation and fuel poverty. Although most affected population are the elderly in terms of health related issues, this initiative also promotes thermal efficiency which highly relevant to university students, especially with more and more expensive energy bills year on year .
With this in mind, Hannah and I as Energy Advocates decided to go out and conduct a short survey with our students, to find our How Cold are their Homes?
How Do you feel about your home?
From our survey, we found that two thirds of students was not aware of the Cold Home Week despite over 66% felt excessive coldness in their homes through the past winter. The excessive coldness could be resulted from draughts in gaps on windows and doors, single layers brick walls, inadequate loft insulation or one, and more importantly some of us decided to turn off heating when the bills are getting too expensive!
But don’t despair! At Energize Birmingham we’re here to help, offering FREE advice on how to beat the cold without spending copious amounts on heating. If you like our Facebook page, you can find out about top tips to help you reduce your energy bills whilst improve your home comfort.
For example, you can stick bog standard tin foil behind your radiators to prevent heat being lost into the walls. It can be so effective that it feels as if you’ve turned on another radiator!
Another great tip is using your boiler timer. If you don’t have one, no need to worry. They can be bought for around £30 online. By setting your heating to come on half an hour before you wake up in the morning and half an hour before you get home at night you can ensure you come in to a warm home. Also, by leaving your heating off whilst you’re out during the day, you can save quite a bit of money on your energy bills.
A third way to keep your house warm without big spending is to use towels and unused clothes as draught excluder. Simply roll the cloth up and place against the bottom of doors could easily save you £50 in a year!
These are just a few ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. For more ways to be the cold at winter, check us out on our Facebook page!
Dom Eardly is an Energy Advocate for Energize Birmingham. he is currently in his 2nd year of a 4 year course in Environmental Science and am a keen environmentalist. In his spare time I play Gaelic football and like to perform at the odd open mic night on occasion.