Top tips for keeping warm as report warns getting cold can be a killer

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Up to 260 older people died in Bedfordshire during 2012/13 as a result of being too cold, according to the Office of National Statistics.

And the latest government report shows that living in a cold house can lead to long term health problems including breathing and heart complications.

With the coldest months of the winter yet to come, OFTEC, the UK trade body for the oil heating industry, is reminding households of a few simple steps they can take to save money on their heating over the holiday without turning it down and feeling the cold.

OFTEC’s advice includes:

>Make sure you adjust the timer on your heating system so the house warms up at the correct time

> Ensure nothing is blocking any radiators as this reduces their effectiveness

>Turn down radiator thermostats in rooms you don’t use but keep the rooms you use most at a warm, comfortable temperature – 21 centigrade is recommended for your main living room

>Bleed your radiators to get the maximum heat for your money

> If you use oil heating, make sure you don’t run out – prices are at a four-year low so now is a good time to get your tank topped up.