Preparing Your Home for Winter

The task of keeping warm at home can make winter a very expensive time of the year. By making some changes around your home you can help yourself stay warm for less. 
Follow these simple steps and give yourself more money to spend on hot chocolates, marshmallows and piping hot pizzas for when it’s too cold to walk to the shops! 

Remember to shut your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in and reduce the amount of heat lost through the windows. Using draught excluders is another really simple way to stop heat from escaping underneath your door.
Why stop there? Heat can escape from some unlikely places such as under the letterbox.
Loft insulation can also really help. According to Energy Saving Trust, a quarter of the heat in an un-insulated home is lost through the roof.  The great thing about loft insulation is that it is affordable and has a very short average payback time, meaning you might see the financial benefits of loft insulation just a few years after installing it. 
Turn down your heating just a notch! According to Energy UK, turning down your heating by just 1 degree you could cut your heating bills by up to 10% a year. This is a small change that could really help reduce your heating bill. 
Go one further and put on an extra jumper and a pair of slippers and stay warm whilst saving money at the same time. It’s a great excuse to buy a new thick dressing gown this winter! 

Keep your boiler and radiators in good condition to make even more savings. Service your boiler regularly to ensure it is running safely and efficiently. 
A faulty boiler may start leaking carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. When getting your boiler serviced make sure that someone who is Gas Safe Registered and specifically authorised to work on boilers carries out the work. 
If you have an old boiler it may be worth considering upgrading to a modern and more energy efficient model. 
A new boiler may mean a costly initial investment, but the savings over the course of a few years will pay for the cost of the boiler, if your current boiler is past its best.

Frozen pipes can burst which can cause a lot of expensive damage. The coldest parts at the home are often most vulnerable, such as the garage. Use foam tubing, (also known as lagging) to insulate your pipes and reduce the risk.

Foam tubes for this are really inexpensive, and a worthwhile investment to give you peace of mind and prevent the worst from happening.

Whether you are due a boiler service, considering upgrading your boiler or simply experiencing a problem with your plumbing or central heating system this winter, find a local tradesperson in as little as two clicks.