Ensuring that your home is winter proof can offer two very important benefits. First it can help to keep energy bills to a minimum and secondly it can also help to keep you warm.
To help you take the necessary steps, below we have outlined 5 important tips to help you along the way.
1. Change your energy tariff
It stands to reason that utility bills are more expensive in the winter, but that doesn’t mean there is any reason to pay over the odds for your energy supplier.
Thankfully you can now compare prices quickly and easily with MoneySuperMarket’s free comparison service.
2. Sweep your chimney
There are few sights and sounds that make a home feel warm and cost during the winter than a roaring fire. However, even if you have an authentic chimney fire, they can be costly and dangerous. You should therefore employ a professional to sweep the chimney before you light the first fire of the year.
If you’ve got a chimney but don’t light the fire, consider using a chimney balloon to prevent hot air escaping upwards and cold draughts sweeping down.
3. Boost your home insulation
Having the correct levels of insulation for your property can reduce the heat loss from your home and in turn, conserve energy and cutting household bills.
4. Improve windows and doors
If your doors and windows are in a poor state of repair they can let in cold air and rain water.
It can therefore make economic sense to carry out any minor repairs now before you have to pay to fix a serious problem later on.
5. Check your insurance documents
You probably already have buildings insurance in place, but it might be worth reading the small print of your policy to make sure you are covered for any winter emergencies.
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