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How to live without heating - save £000s
edited 24 February 2022 at 4:10PM in Energy
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The comment about hands and feet getting cold is interesting. My finding is that if my hands get cold inside the house, then I am not wearing enough on my body; especially on my legs. So anyone could try that. You could start by wearing two layers of polyester base garments, top and bottom, to see how much lower you can set the heating and still stay perfectly warm. My guess is that it might allow you to stay warm at 16C or something like that.
What people have said is that for many people your recommendations are effectively unworkable. If it works for you, lovely. However, small children cannot live like that. Sick people cannot live like that. To suggest that the government should give out packs of clothing (as opposed to using their frankly unlimited powers to apply windfall taxes to the power company profits and thereby help fund those in need) is bizarre.
There are any number of reasons that your idea is not workable for a number of people and, given that there are workplace regulations regarding the recommendations for temperatures for workers, to suggest that low temperatures is safe for all with creative clothing choices is ableist and in potentially dangerous advice.
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No, simply no! What the majority is saying that nobody in the UK in the year 2022 should be forced to make that decision to try to live without heating in the winter, simply because heating is a luxury for them.
What we need is not a government giving out more clothes to people, we need a government that cares more about the people rather than big businesses which are making millions over millions...