Is your home ready for winter?

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Now that last burst of sunshine is over, winter is well and truly on the way and temperatures are set to drop. Don't leave yourself shivering indoors - there's still time to prepare before the really cold weather hits.

Make sure your home is ready for winter and cut your energy bills at the same time.Check your boiler

If it hasn't been serviced for a while, make sure you get it done as soon as you can. Getting it checked is well worth every penny if it stops your heating breaking right in the middle of a cold snap.

Also, it sounds obvious, but make sure it's working! Chances are you haven't had the heating on for a good few months, so it's worth firing up the boiler for a few hours to make sure everything is working as it should.

Compare prices

It is said so often, but if you've been with the same energy supplier for a while you could save as much as £389 by switching. It is honestly really simple and won't take more than 15 minutes to do. Have a look on Energy Helpline to see if you can better your current bills.

Remember if you don't have dual fuel (that is both gas and electricity from the same supplier) or you're not currently paying by direct debit, changing to both of these will save you money too.

Insulate

It's probably too late in the day to be thinking about any major projects like cavity wall insulation or getting double glazing, but there are other ways you can help keep more heat in your home.

If you're confident with a bit of DIY or you have a friend/relative who can help, get some rolls of insulation down in your roof - you'll be amazed at the difference it makes. Right now Wickes has a fantastic offer on loft insulation rolls - buy one get three free.

And while you're there, pick up some draught excluders - for gaps in doors, windows and even your letterbox. And if you don't have double glazing, they have a secondary glazing film - a simple and cheap way to create your own.

Protect against freezing

Frozen water pipes cause serious problems in homes each year, and water damage can be extremely costly. So make sure you lag your pipes and hot water tank to protect them. Once again, lagging can be bought from Wickes for a few pounds - it could save you thousands in the long run.
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