During the winter, the average wallet will take a beating. It’s no surprise, either; given the increased use of energy, the larger percentage of time spent in doors as well as the entire Christmas holiday to contend with, it is simply something that people must cope with. As such, by following these top tips, you too can save plenty of cash to make up for the possible shortfall you will experience during the season.
Firstly, consider your constant outgoings and how you can save money on them. Buying Castle Cover buildings and contents insurance could do a lot of good for people who have endured high-cost policies for months or years, while a quick trip online to check electricity or gas tariffs with other suppliers could save you hundreds of pounds each year.
Consider a few furnishing changes, too. Heavy drapes, for example, are the perfect way to counteract drafty windows. These should be addressed in their own right, of course, but as a temporary tie-over during the winter, it could really stop heat dissipating from the home.
When it comes to heating your home, consider just how low you can push your thermostat. A one degree difference could save plenty of pennies each day, yet you may never even notice the temperature change until three or four degrees have dropped from your read-out. Besides, simply putting on a jumper could counteract any slight chills you have.
Consider bleeding your radiators, too. This is a fantastic way to warm up your home; the process will release any trapped air in these heaters, ultimately allowing hot water to fill every part of your radiator and warm the home with much greater efficiency.
Knowing where your stopcock is may also be one of the most important things you learn, too. It is usually located under the kitchen sink, in a cloakroom or under the stairs. Escape of water inside the home is the single most major cause of insurance claims due to frozen pipes, so the ability to shut water off is very important indeed as you could end up allowing thousands of pounds worth of damage by not switching off.
Finally, make regular visual checks of your roof to ensure there are no slipped, cracked or missing tiles. A gale could make this ten times worse and lead to serious damage from rain or snow, so always remember that prevention is better than the cure.