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MONEY: Energy Saving Tips

If you plan energy saving improvements to your home before winter kicks in, you could save yourself time and money.

Top no-cost energy saving tips

· Switch Energy supplier or tariff

· Turn your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year.

· In the worst weather keeping your heating on constantly on a low heat e.g. 15c overnight, this could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off for big blasts of heat.

· Turn unnecessary lights and appliances off and don’t leave on standby. A typical household could save between £90 and £150 a year just by turning off appliances left on standby.

· Be careful in the kitchen – You can save over £55 a year just by being careful how you use your kitchen appliances. The following tips can help you reach this saving:

· Wash your clothes at 30-40 °C.

· Use a bowl to wash up rather than the whole sink; do not leave the hot tap running.

· Just boil the amount of water in your kettle that you need.

· Use the smallest pan and cooker ring possible.

· Turn the pressure down on the power shower.

· Avoid pre-rinsing dishes in hot water; just scrape dishes before they go in the dish washer.

· Air-dry your laundry outside rather than tumble drying it, or use a creel or maiden.

· Save ironing time by taking your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker.

Insulation tips

Draught proofing: DIY draught proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards could cost up to £115, but could save £55 a year in a draughty home, so these works can pay for themselves in just over two years.

Tank and pipe insulation: If you already have a hot water tank jacket fitted, check the thickness, it should be at least 75mm thick. Fitting a British Standard jacket will cost around £15 DIY, cut heat loss by over 75% and save you around £45 a year. Fitting pipe insulation will cost around £10 and save you around £15 a year.

Cavity wall insulation: If a home was built after 1920, the chances are that its external walls are made of two layers of brick with a gap or cavity between them. The average installation cost for cavity wall insulation is between £450 and £500 and can save up to £140 a year.

Loft insulation: It is recommended you have at least 270mm (ten inches) of loft insulation. The cost of installing loft insulation is up to £300. You could save up to £180 a year if your loft is uninsulated by installing 270mm of insulation. Even if you have some insulation, by topping up from 100mm to 270mm could save around £50 a year.

Solid wall insulation: If your home was built before 1920, its external walls are probably solid rather than cavity walls. The cost of installing internal wall insulation is £5,000 to £8,000 and you could save around £460 a year. The cost of installing external wall insulation is £9,000 to £13,000 and you could save around £490 a year.

Heating tips

Heating controls -Whatever the age of your boiler, control the time and temperature in the rooms where you want your heating, this will save you money. Here are the average savings you could make in a typical three-bedroom semi-detached home, heated by gas:

Install a central timed thermostat (if you didn’t have one before): £125 – saving approximately £100 per year.

Fit a hot water tank controller and thermostat: £30 – approximate saving of £45 a year

Replace your boiler – Boilers account for around 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills. Replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls will cost around £2,000 – and could save you as much as £310 a year.


FALLS: Finding Your Feet Classes

If you are over 50 and have fallen, fear of falling or problems with your balance and live in Calderdale, the Finding your feet exercise class could benefit you. To discuss concerns about falling, or receive a falls risk assessment and advice please contact Calderdale Council’s Gateway to Care on 01422 393000 to discuss a referral to the Community Rehabilitation Team.

SUPPORT: Shared Lives Service

Calderdale Council’s Shared Lives service offers short breaks, long-term care and daytime support for people who need extra help in their lives. Their carers give this help in their own home or in the home of the person they are caring for.

Everyone gets something out of it:

  • adults in need:
    • get a welcome break in a friendly environment;
    • meet new people;
    • enjoy different experiences;
    • and keep their independence;
  • families get a break and a little time to themselves.
  • carers get the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.

This service offers:

  • the best possible care;
  • the type of care that people really want;
  • and quality care that matches individual circumstances and assessed needs.

At times, a stay away from home or a regular day out is the ideal option. It can also give family carers a welcome break. If care is needed for a longer period of time, Shared Lives offers that too. It is a great way of letting people live independent lives with the security of having qualified support on hand.

EXHIBITION: Don’t Panic!

Don’t Panic! is a new exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax which showcases objects related to life on the home front in Calderdale, where people had to make do and mend.

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September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted for military and industrial service; industry was placed on a war footing and many workers took on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties. The area did not escape unscathed, there were 11 bombing incidents  recorded and 11 people were killed.

On 24 December 1944 a German V1 Flying Bomb (commonly known as ‘Doodlebugs’) landed in a field at Little Tooting Farm, Hubberton, Sowerby. Extensive blast damage made the farmhouse uninhabitable for some time and broke windows a mile away. The farmhouse occupants received cuts from broken glass.

Free Entry, Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax

SUPPORT: Bereavement Care

The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Alternatively you can email

The volunteers help you to talk things through. They can also help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and useful sources of information.

The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when it’s open until 8pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years being registered as a charity (No. 208078) in 1959.

AGE UK: Volunteer Befrienders Wanted

Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about.

Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: for an application pack.

WALK: Anne Lister’s Halifax

Heritage Walks are running a very special walk called “Anne Lister’s Halifax – Her Public Face”. The walk is on Sunday 21 July, 2:30pm and is a two hour walk to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister’s estate in 1832.

Anne Lister is very much in public focus as the moment with the Sunday evening BBC series “Gentleman Jack” bringing her remarkable story to a huge new audience.

Unusually, for this walk pre-booking is essential at £4 with tickets available from Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE.

The Centre is open 7 days a week 10:30am to 5:30pm. Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725.

The complete Summer Walks Programme can be downloaded here.