Winter is coming - it's time to turn up the heat
THESE days when you wake up, have your morning cup of coffee and step outside of the warmth of your front door, you can feel the chill in the air. The coats and jackets have begun to emerge from the press and the outside temperature gauge in your car being at double digits is set to become a thing of memory.
Yes, undoubtedly to quote the immortal words of ‘Game of Thrones’ character Jon Snow, ‘Winter is coming!’
With the drop in temperature already evident, it would perhaps be wise to start thinking about heating your home this winter. In recent years there have been all kinds of developments to ensure that the cost of heating your home can stay at manageable levels. Ok, so it can still represent a significant outlay, but the fact is that with houses becoming more energy efficient all the time and developments in insulation and double glazing ensuring the heat will stay firmly trapped inside your home and keep you nice and toasty.
Apart from staving off the cold, there’s something wonderful about a roaring fire, a cup of tea and your favourite shows on the box that just about makes winter bearable. It doesn’t have to be something that’s going to break you financially ahead of Santa’s inevitable approach in December either.
If you haven’t already started, perhaps now is the best time to start chipping away at how you’re going to heat your home so that you don’t get landed with a big bill. Purchasing a bag of coal, some briquettes, blocks or putting some heating oil in your tank every couple of weeks can make all the difference when we really see the temperatures start to plummet. A little stockpile will also serve you in good stead as we await the arrival of increasingly exotic sounding storms to batter our little isle.
Some people may even be entitled to a fuel allowance to help them through the winter months. It’s a payment handed over with social welfare and the recipient can choose to receive it weekly or in two lump sums. Those entitled to this allowance include those in receipt of a state pension, disability or job-seekers benefit.
Once you’ve bought in your fuel, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the most out of it too. You can ensure that your windows are solid and insulate your attic well to save up to 20% on your home heating bill. Much of the heat lost in a home can escape through our windows, so double glazing options will be best in terms of efficiency.
However, the most important thing is to start thinking in terms of heating your home now, before the temperature drops even further. Assessing your options in advance makes sound economic sense because lets face it, winter can be an expensive enough time of year as it is. Luckily in Wicklow, there are a number of winter fuel suppliers and heating oil providers who are offering some great deals at this time of year to get you ready for the chill. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, they’ll have a range of options to choose from.