Warming tips from Countdown star Rachel Riley

Countdown's Rachel Riley launches the npower snug.
Countdown's Rachel Riley launches the npower snug.
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the countdown to winter has truly started – and TV numbers girl Rachel Riley is already doing her best to spread some warmth in Leeds.

Rachel was on hand to invite commuters and shoppers in Leeds to escape from the cold, as energy firm npower’s Acts of Warmness Snug stopped off in the city centre.

The npower snug – which will be in the Briggate today and tomorrow – is a little pop-up warming station packed full of warming treats, including hot tea and warming massage chairs.

The Snug Squad, who will also be heading out into the town to deliver tea and warm up chilly city residents, are available to offer tips on how Leeds residents could save money on their energy bills and keep their homes toastier this winter.

This winter npower will spend around £65m helping those who need help to stay warm, and will be touring the nation to raise awareness.

Rachel said: “Winter is my favourite time of year. I love nothing better than snuggling up in front of the fire on a cold, winter day.

“The energy you could save over a day or so might not feel like much, but when you make a few of these changes on a daily basis, over a longer period of time the energy savings could add up.

It’s really important for those who may be vulnerable and anyone who is worried about a friend or relative can call on their behalf.”

Guy Esnouf, from npower, added: “With cold weather ahead, it’s important to know small changes could have a big impact on the energy saved around the home.”

Log on to www.npower.com or call 0800 022220.

Some simple tips to cut energy bills

Simple tips to try and save energy this winter:

Turning off lights or appliances left on standby could save you up to £80 a year.

Turning your thermostat down by one degree this winter could save around £65 a year.

Only boiling what you need in the kettle could save you £43 a year.

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