With the days getting shorter and colder it’s a good time to start taking steps to protect your home during the winter period. So we’ve put together these five simple ways you can protect your home and save money at the same time.
1. Insulate your home
You can save at least £120 per year on your energy bills simply by having adequate insulation in your home, according to the Energy Saving Trust
Your loft is the main area to focus on, as this is where the majority of your heat is lost in the colder months. So if it isn't already insulated, it’s a good investment.
2. Protect your pipes
Frozen or burst pipes is an absolute nightmare to deal with and in yet this is one of the easiest things to prevent. The best way to keep your pipes in check during winter, is to do something called ‘lagging’, which is effectively protecting them with a foam layer.
It’s also worth removing any vegetation surrounding the pipes as this can often cause damage.
3. Clear the drains and gutters
This may seem like an odd one but it really is essential to do when approaching winter. Leaves and dirt can clog up your drains, causing possible leaks into the roof and walls. A problem that will only get worse to fix as it gets colder.
4. Make sure you’re covered
The last thing you want is a hefty repair bill on the months leading up to Christmas. Which is why it’s essential that you get adequate cover for any possible winter-related damage. Dig out your home insurance policy documents and check what you’re covered for i.e. floods, broken boiler, accidental damage etc.
Anything you’re not covered for that you think you should be, ring up your insurance provider and get it added on to your policy. It shouldn’t cost that much more and it will bring you peace of mind and protection should you need it.
5. Cut your energy bills
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