Five simple tips on how to keep your house warm over winter
It’s that time of year where we all want to keep warm and hibernate. But cranking up the heating over winter can cost a fortune you a fortune.
Check out JustAnswer’s handy tips for keeping your home warm and waterproof this winter:
1) Fixing draughts can save you a small fortune on your energy bills. Most of them can be prevented with draught 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 say that installing 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 rodents move indoors for warmth and food. Try to block up any gaps and make sure you don’t leave any food or crumbs around. Mice and other vermin can bring diseases into your home and chew through wires.
5) Stock up on grit and salt before the snow and ice arrives. Get your car cold weather kit together – 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 from winter proofing your car to keeping yourself and children warm in the cold, JustAnswer has Experts who can help you 24/7.