Created by: Dave Harland | 4 November 2019

How to protect your home in winter and save money

With energy costs always on the up, Britain’s households face a battle to stay warm every winter. But rather than turn your radiators up to the max, here are 8 ways you can stay toasty without shelling out too much.

1. Use your curtains
Open your curtains, let the sun shine through and make the most of the free heat. When it’s dark, it’s a good idea to use your curtains as another layer of insulation and shut them to keep warmth in your rooms.

2. Use timers on your central heating
Setting your heating to turn on 30 minutes before you get up but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on full when you get up. This is because boilers heat up at a constant speed. Just remember to turn your heating off when you don’t need it.

3. Move your sofa
Take a look at where your sofa is. Is it blocking radiator warmth? By moving large pieces of furniture away from the radiator, you’re allowing warm air to move around the room.

4. Maximise your insulation
Around 25% of a home’s heat is lost through the roof but this can be reduced by installing insulation in your loft. Although it may seem like a tough task, wall and loft insulation could save you hundreds of pounds a year in heating bills.

5. Get a boiler MOT
Poorly maintained boilers not only waste energy and cost more, but you also run the risk of them leaking carbon monoxide. Make sure that your tank is insulated, as it’ll keep the water warmer for longer, reducing heating costs.

6. Turn down the dial
Turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. Plus, you’re probably not going to notice your home being just a tiny bit cooler.

7. Block out the draughts
Windows, cracks, doors – the cold winter breeze can enter your home almost anywhere. So seal up those door edges and window sills or invest in a draught excluder.

8. Sort out your home insurance
Check to see if your home insurance covers winter-related damage. Some don’t, so it’s best to be cautious rather than regretful.

Protecting your home will not only make sure you and your family are warm in the colder months, but you could also save hundreds of pounds a year.

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