Hanshew Middle School, and I always have to double check my spelling when I write it, is named for Ual Strange Hanshew (1907 1965). He grew up in Nebraska but had a dream to move to Alaska. After training as a teacher, he wrote to every Alaska school.
You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeStorm Darcy has caused temperatures across Scotland to drop with dozens of postcodes across the country qualifying for the 25 Cold Weather Payment, issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).The benefit supplement is designed to help households on a low income heat their homes during the colder months.Energy bills during winter tend to increase by around 100 per household and, with more people working from home as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, heating is going on earlier and staying on for longer, increasing the risk of racking up higher costs.However, there are several things you can do to keep the house warm, without burning a hole in your pocket.Get Scottish news that matters to you sent to your inbox with our newslettersNHBC, the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new build homes, has shared their top tips to help you save on your winter energy bills.Standards and Policy Manager at NHBC Giles Willson, said: “People living in new homes typically benefit from lower energy bills because their properties are built in line with the latest UK Government regulations for energy efficiency.”However, whether you live in a newly built home or an older property, there are a lot of ways that could save money on utility bills during the coldest part of the year when many millions of us are also working from the kitchen table and home schooling our children.”Reduce draughts Make sure your house does not have any unintended draughts. Floorboards and skirtings usually go ignored but cold air can easily filter through, so check for gaps and fill them in.Check to see if your letterbox is draughty, which can lead to cold hallways installing a letter box draught excluder that fits onto the inside of your front door is an inexpensive easy DIY job.If you have an open fireplace and chimney which is not used, this can be draught proofed to stop warm air escaping and cold air entering your property. Remember that openings for ventilation should not be blocked.Loft insulation Insulating your loft is a simple, inexpensive and effective way to reduce energy waste and lower your heating bills.All new houses are fitted with loft insulation that meets the latest building regulations but, if you are in an older property, you may want to think about renewing it or topping it up.Thick curtains These can help to protect your home from losing heat through windows.