With Christmas just around the corner, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping – follow our tips to make sure your home stays warm and survives the winter months!
Get your boiler checked
A badly looked after boiler can waste energy, money and even run the risk of leaking carbon monoxide. It is particularly important to make sure you get your boiler serviced before winter starts – you don’t want to end up without any heating
Switch energy suppliers
Switching energy supplier can be a quick and hassle free way to save money immediately, and you will definitely notice the difference over the winter when your bills are at their highest. Try comparing online to check the best tariffs available and make sure you are not paying more than you need too – www.simplyswitch.com and www.ukpower.co.uk are great places to get started. Remember its always worth giving you current supplier a call to see if they can offer you anything better!
Insulation, insulation, insulation
Often forgotten about, insulation is a primary factor when it comes to warming your home. In most homes, nearly a quarter of the heat is lost through the roof, so loft insulation is really important if you want to keep your house warm and your energy bills low. The government offer specific schemes to help subsidise the cost of insulation (https://www.gov.uk/energy-grants-calculator), so it’s well worth checking yours is up to scratch.
Bleed your radiators
If any of your radiators don’t warm up when the heating is on, or feel a different temperature from top to bottom, they probably need bleeding. Bleeding a radiator can be messy and requires a bit of patience, but it will be well worth it – with all your radiators running efficiently you will use less energy and spend less money! An extra tip – put tin foil behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
Keep an eye on your gutters and drainpipes
During the autumn, the leaves will come down and it’s your gutters and drainpipes that will suffer. If any blockages are formed, water will build up in the gutters and could potentially cause a leak in the roof. Take time to clear out your gutters, get rid of the build-up and make sure there is nothing causing blockages.
Check for any small gaps in your home that could be letting in the cold air and creating a draught – look out for holes where TV, cable and phone lines come through, and make sure you seal them up before the cold weather starts
Check your windows and doors
Although replacing any old windows or doors with new, energy efficient versions is the best way to save money during the winter, there are some easy (much cheaper!) ways you can help beat the draught. Make sure all your windows are fitted with curtains or blinds, and clear all the sills from dirt or debris. Check all windows and doors for any specific gaps, and make sure you apply sealant if necessary. If you have a particularly drafty door, you can always try installing a Storm Door which reduces energy loss and helps reduce air and moisture leakage.
Make sure you have Insurance for your home
Take a look at your home insurance policy and check what is included. You don’t want to find yourself facing an unexpected bill before Christmas, and over the festive period accidents can happen. It’s also important to make sure your policy covers you for all the presents you’ll be giving and receiving over the holidays.
Whether you you live in private accommodation or in military quarters, we can provide you with a personalised quote for building and contents insurance that includes cover for your military kit as standard. Buy here or give us a call on 01243 817777.