Win­ter is com­ing - it's time to turn up the heat

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.

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