30 Sep

Preparing the house for winter weather

Preparing the house for winter weather

It may seem like we have only just waved goodbye to the last days of summer in the UK, and the thought of the cold winter months coming may be one that we'd rather not address quite yet, but the reality is that winter is on the way in the next few weeks.

The weather in the UK can turn cold rather quickly at this time of year, and we all know what that means - time to switch the central heating on to keep the home warm and stave off the chilly temperatures.

However, with the Big Six energy companies already starting to raise their bills at the current time ahead of winter, and Brits already worrying about being able to afford heating this winter, for many of us, the incoming temperature drop will be one we dread.

It's not quite time to panic yet, though, as there are little things we can all do to make sure that our homes are ready for the temperature drop without breaking the bank. 

Laying loft insulation or changing roof tiles can be costly jobs, and not something we can all afford at this time of year, but every little helps, and making small changes in your gas use can actually have a big impact on the price of your bills.

For example, when the time comes to turn the central heating on, why not turn the thermostat down just a couple of clicks? The difference in temperature will barely be noticeable, but this is a move that can see the price of your gas bills lowered considerably. 

Other changes can include keep all the doors in the house closed throughout winter. This helps to conserve the heat, and stops it circulating into areas of the home you might be using, meaning you can keep the heating on a lower temperature.

If you want to get a headstart on winter though, and actually make improvements to your home that will make a difference then there are things you can do. Why not look at buying some insulating strips for windows and doors for example?

These sticky strips will cost just a few pounds from a DIY shop, but fitting them around the windows and doors in your house will mean drastically reducing the wind chill factor inside your property and help you to keep your bills lower. They essentially cover the gaps around glass, and will make a noticeable difference to how warm your home is.

And if you are thinking about redecorating the home this autumn, you might also consider having a look at insulating wallpaper.

This comes in a range of styles and designs, and is not too expensive. You simply need to hang it like normal wallpaper, and it will help to keep the warmth in the home. This will mean that the cost of heating the home is far lower throughout the winter month than it might have been.

With price rises coming in the next couple of months for the majority of UK consumers, it has never been more important to find cost-effective ways to keep bills low and save yourself money.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801644020-ADNFCR

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