It’s getting to that time of year where we all want to keep warm and hibernate over winter. But simply cranking up the heating can cost a fortune.
1) Fixing draughts can save you a small fortune on your energy bills. Most of them can be prevented with excluders from hardware shops. Remember, you don’t want to cut out all draughts – all houses need ventilation to prevent condensation, damp and mould. What you need is controlled airflow. The Energy Saving Trust suggests that installing draught excluders could save you up to £50 per year – plus another 10% from your heating bill.
2) Is your home insulated? Houses lose a lot of heat through their roofs. A loft insulation can considerably reduce this and according to Which? Magazine, it could save you £250 each year.
3) Clean out and maintain your gutters. Every year they get cluttered up with leaves, moss, twigs and other gifts of nature. If you don’t clear them, rain can cause slow damage to your home. Check fittings while you’re doing this – a loose fitting can mean a broken gutter when winter storms come lashing in.
4) Keep mice out! In colder weather small animals move into houses for warmth and food. Try to block up any gaps and make sure you don’t leave food or crumbs around. Mice and other vermin can bring diseases into your home – they can even chew through wires!
5) Before it gets cold, stock up on grit and salt for helping you get out when snow and ice arrives. Get your car cold weather kit together – a jacket, scraper, antifreeze, and boots. If you live in an area with lots of power cuts, stock up on candles and matches.
Obviously no one can control the weather, but with these simple tips you can be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you. From winter proofing your car to keeping yourself and children warm in the cold, JustAnswer has Experts who can help you 24/7.