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Reading Multiple Choice Worksheet 2

Read the text and then for each question, choose which of the four possible answers is best. Think also about why the other three answers are not possible.

With Rising Heating Bills, Tips on How to Cut Back

With the recent rise in heating bills, many households are feeling the pinch. But don't despair; there are several ways you can reduce those bills and stay warm. We've got some tips for you, and even home finance expert, Kate Dobbs, has weighed in on the matter.

"Many people think that cutting heating costs means sacrificing comfort," Kate begins, "but that's not the case." She explains that with a few smart choices, you can maintain a warm home without breaking the bank.

Firstly, look at your insulation. A lot of heat can be lost through poorly insulated walls and roofs. Consider investing in better insulation or even draught excluders for your doors. "It's a simple step," says Kate, "but it can make a significant difference." Windows can also be guilty of losing heat. If you feel a draught coming from them, it might be time to replace or reseal them. Alternatively, heavy curtains can act as an extra barrier to the cold.

Kate also recommends checking the thermostat. "Try lowering it by just one degree," she advises. "You'll barely notice the temperature difference, but you'll certainly notice the savings!" Routine boiler maintenance is essential. If your boiler is working efficiently, it uses less energy, which in turn reduces your bill. "A yearly check can prevent costly breakdowns and ensure efficiency," Kate adds.

But what about those chilly evenings when you need a bit more warmth? Kate has a suggestion: "Layer up. Instead of turning up the heat, put on an extra jumper or throw on a blanket."

Lastly, be mindful of unused rooms. There's no need to heat a room you're not using. Close the door, and turn off the radiator. "Remember," Kate says, "heat only what you use."

Cutting back on heating bills doesn't require drastic changes. By adopting a few of these habits and being more conscious of your heating choices, you can effectively reduce costs. As Kate Dobbs wisely puts it, "With a few tweaks and mindful practices, you can warm your home and your wallet."

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1. Why are many households currently concerned about their heating?

  1. Because the weather is getting colder.
  2. Because people are paying more for heating.
  3. Climate change means longer winters.
  4. Because the economy isn't doing well.

2. According to Kate Dobbs, what misconception do people have about reducing heating costs?

  1. It's only possible to save money in a newer house.
  2. It costs too much to prepare your house for winter.
  3. Saving money means feeling cold.
  4. You need a professional to help you.

3. What does Kate suggest doing with the thermostat to save on heating bills?

  1. Getting it checked regularly.
  2. Only use it on cold days.
  3. Only use it at certain times of the day.
  4. Turn it down to save money.

4. Why is it important to have routine boiler maintenance?

  1. It will work better and save you money.
  2. It will guarantee it works during the winter.
  3. Gas boilers can be dangerous.
  4. Electricity bills are cheaper with newer boilers.

5. What would be a good alternative title for this article?

  1. How to fit insulation to your home.
  2. Staying warm when the bills start rising.
  3. How to spend money wisely.
  4. How to survive a bad economy.

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