Three simple ways to prepare your home for the colder months

It may seem like we haven’t really had much of a summer, but the truth is that before long the colder months will start to draw in. With that in mind, it’s probably high time you started to look at what you can do now to prepare for winter to avoid having to fork out extra cash later.

Have your boiler serviced now

If your energy bills are through the roof, there’s a chance you may have an inefficient boiler. By opting for a service now, you’ll not only be able to improve the energy-efficiency of your property in time for autumn and winter, but you’ll be helping to ensure your heating doesn’t break down when you need it most and it’s even more difficult to get someone out to fix it. While you’re at it, think about making sure you have boiler cover that can protect you should the worst happen.

Be careful with the thermostat

Misuse of your thermostat can have a significant impact on your fuel bills, so when the time comes to fire up the central heating – exercise a little caution. Rather than ramping up the temperature when it gets cold and then dropping it back down when the room heats up, try and find a low constant that keeps things at a comfortable level. Turning a thermostat down by just one degree C can cut heating bills by up to ten per cent, saving you as much as £60 a year, so it’s worth being careful.

Take care of your water pipes

One of the many reasons people will need to contact a plumber over the winter months is because of frozen or damaged pipes that have ruptured as a result of the harsh weather conditions. However, what lots of people don’t realise is that it’s actually fairly simple to guard against this. Pipe lagging is incredibly easy to fit and will not only protect pipes from the cold, but will seal in energy and insulate hot waterworks. A British Standard jacket is also a good idea for your hot water cylinder as this will do a similar job.

Of course, there are very simple ways to reduce energy waste around the home all year round, like making sure you unplug all appliances when not in use. However, as winter brings with it such an appetite for fuel and electricity in the home, it’s always a good idea to make sure you use the months that run up to it to prepare yourself.