TIPS TO BEAT THE COLD WEATHER AND SAVE CASH
FEELING the chill? Thankfully, there are some ways you can protect and prepare your home for harsh weather – saving money while you’re at it. Vincent Reboul, managing director of Hitachi Personal Finance, says: “It’s worth performing a health check on your home.”
Here are some tips from Hitachi Personal Finance...
1. Insulate your home: Fitting insulation can often bring energy bills down by a considerable amount. It can pay to do the research and see whether there are any schemes available to you which could save you some cash.
2. Protect your pipes: Faulty or burst pipes often end in major water damage. Ensure water tank pipes are properly insulated so they aren’t at risk of freezing. Also, keep an eye on leaky taps, as even a small drip can turn into a major leak in the winter.
3. Clean the drains and gutters: Check guttering and drainpipes regularly. Insurance companies may not cover water damage if it could have been avoided by regular maintenance.
4. Check your boiler: A boiler breakdown is a miserable experience. An efficient and well-maintained boiler can help to save money on heating bills too. 5. Make sure you’re covered: Proper insurance will provide valuable peace of mind throughout the winter months.
6. Compate energy prices:
Go through a few comparison sites to see which offers are best suited to your needs. This can often lead to substantial savings on household bills in the long-run.
7. Bleed radiators: Bleeding the radiators is a job many people overlook.
When air is trapped in a radiator it prevents it from heating up properly, meaning you need to turn up the temperature, and in turn the heating bills also rise.
If you can hear clunking in your radiators, then it may be time to bleed them. You may also want to consider buying radiator insulation wall panels to reflect heat back into your home rather than being lost through the walls and windows.
Take action if radiators are noisy