Bishop Auckland College has once again opened its doors for the very popular lunch club in their Ambition Restaurant. Around 40 older people were welcomed into the college on Wednesday 22 October by students who are learning Health and Social Care. They enjoyed a delicious two course meal freshly prepared and served by students learning Catering.
On the menu this month was Chicken and Leek Pie with fresh vegetables, followed by Jam Roly Poly with custard. Everyone was thrilled with the food and the friendly service. The students who prepared the meals were happy to chat about the recipes with the older people once the dishes had been cleared away.
Energy saving tips and information
It was Energy Saving Week and after the meal, Jason from Durham County Council gave an informative talk on saving energy and some practical suggestions on how to save money. He brought low energy light bulbs and information for people to take away.
Did you know?
- You could save hundreds of pounds a year on your fuel bill by simply checking you’re not paying more than you have to for your energy. Check your tariff with your current supplier.
- By switching energy suppliers, or joining an oil club, you could be saving hundreds on your fuel bill. Why pay more than you have to?
- Insulate your home to cut down on wasted energy to reduce your fuel bills.
10 top tips
- If you have a timer on your central heating system, set the heating and hot water to come on only when required: 30 minutes before you get up in the morning and set it to switch off 30 minutes before you are due to leave.
- If you have a hot water tank, set the cylinder thermostat to either 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Cylinder thermostats are usually fitted between a quarter and a third of the way up the hot water cylinder.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
- Always turn off the light when you leave a room.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
- When you are doing the washing try to fill up the machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
- Try and ensure that you only boil as much water as you need.
- A dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a single week to fill half a bath. Fix leaking taps and make sure they are fully turned off.
- Dry your clothes outside during nice weather so you don’t need to use your tumble drier.
- For details of gas and electricity tariffs for people aged 60 and over (or 50-59 if you are eligible to be registered for priority services) developed with E.ON contact Age UK County Durham Trading on 0191 374 0931
If you are an older person living in County Durham and worry about being able to afford your fuel bills contact our Information and Advice Team on 0191 374 6367
Next month Christmas comes early for our Bishop Auckland diners. They’ll be enjoying a Pantomime performed by the students on Wednesday 26 November 2014.