Five tips to keep your home warm when snow hits in the UK

Snow, ice and freezing fog sweeping parts of the UK will continue for days, meteorologists have said.

The conditions have caused significant travel disruption, with train delays and motorway accidents. Several flights departing from Heathrow airport were even canceled on Sunday morning.

Health officials advise people to heat living rooms during the day and bedrooms before going to sleep.

It comes after large parts of the country received a yellow warning for snow and ice, with temperatures expected to drop to -15C in Scotland.

For the first time this winter, London implemented the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, allowing homeless people access to shelter on December 7.

Weather alerts are triggered when cold weather is likely to significantly affect people’s health, especially those with underlying health conditions.

With rising energy costs causing concern and many people working from home, here are some tips for keeping your home toasty warm.

Heat the living room during the day and the bedrooms before going to bed

This way it will be easier to trap heat in any room during the day or night.

Most people find that the ideal temperature in the living room is between 19°C and 22°C, while the bedroom can be a bit cooler and drop down to 15°C or 16°C.

Weather United Kingdom | December 2022: snow hits London

A man takes off after hitting a ramp while tobogganing in Alexandra Palace Park (Getty Images)

A man takes off after hitting a ramp while tobogganing in Alexandra Palace Park (Getty Images)

A man takes off after hitting a ramp while tobogganing in Alexandra Palace Park (Getty Images)

People walk in the street in front of the Elizabeth Tower, popularly known as Big Ben, as the cold weather continues, in London (REUTERS)

People walk in the street in front of the Elizabeth Tower, popularly known as Big Ben, as the cold weather continues, in London (REUTERS)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

An aerial view shows snow-capped offices and buildings, including the Shard skyscraper on the south bank of the River Thames (AFP via Getty Images)

Trees are covered in snow in front of Buckingham Palace as the cold weather continues, in London (REUTERS)

Trees are covered in snow in front of Buckingham Palace as the cold weather continues, in London (REUTERS)

A swimmer dips her feet in Serpentine Lake as the cold persists in London (REUTERS)

A swimmer dips her feet in Serpentine Lake as the cold persists in London (REUTERS)

A person skis in the snow in Greenwich Park, London.  Snow and ice have swept through parts of the UK (PA)

A person skis in the snow in Greenwich Park, London. Snow and ice have swept through parts of the UK (PA)

A person jogging in Richmond Park, South West London.  (PENNSYLVANIA)

A person jogging in Richmond Park, South West London. (PENNSYLVANIA)

People walk in the snow in Greenwich Park, London.  Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold winter conditions expected to continue for days.  (PENNSYLVANIA)

People walk in the snow in Greenwich Park, London. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold winter conditions expected to continue for days. (PENNSYLVANIA)

Place a sheet behind the radiators

You can place aluminum foil behind radiators to keep your house extra warm without turning up the heat. Placing it on the exterior wall can reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the house.

Do this before turning on your radiators.

Drain your radiators

Any air trapped in the heating system can be released by bleeding the radiators. It can also help with energy bills.

The process is simple, and if you’re unsure there are plenty of instructions on Google.

Cover your floor with carpet

Mats provide insulation because they provide more space between your feet and the floor.

Hang thick curtains

These can help keep warm air inside the house and prevent heat loss.

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