Be prepared for Winter with these handy tips

*This is a collaborative post* Everybody seems to be talking about how snow is on the way! It sure feels cold today. Winter is my favourite season. I love the crispness of the air. Also, that you can walk for hours without the beating sun overhead. One thing that I don’t love is not being prepared for Winter. I currently live in a flat, on the top floor. This means that I get quite a lot of warmth from my neighbours. I love this fact! I am able to save money and I don’t have to put my heating on much. Also, my home is super energy efficient and has a very high rating (90+). Less heating = less money spent and that always makes me happy.

Be prepared for Winter with these handy tips

There are a number of ways that you can be prepared for Winter. Here are a few basic suggestions:

Boiler cover

Depending on the age and condition of your boiler it may be worth considering boiler cover. There are a number of different policies available. You can pay monthly or even annually to save money. Boiler cover may provide you with replacement parts or even a replacement boiler if yours cannot be repaired. Why not find out if boiler cover is really worth the price?!

Insulate

Cavity wall and loft insulation is another fantastic way to be prepared for Winter. You can save money on your heating costs as you’ll need to heat your home less. With around 25% of heat being lost through the roof of UK homes this is a fantastic way to save money and be prepared for Winter. There are lots of ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and cut costs. What’s more you might even be able to receive an energy grant from the Government.

Check your home insurance cover

When taking out home insurance cover don’t get caught out. Ensure that you read through the terms and also understand any exclusions. Accidental damage cover and even storm damage are usually not included as standard. You’ll want to consider adding these on to your policy because you never know what is around the corner. Often the cost is minimal but the protection you will receive could be almost priceless.

These are a handful of the ways to be prepared for Winter and I hope they are useful. Think about the older people in your life too because they may need you too. My Mum lives just a mile away so I help her with any problems that she might encounter. I always ensure that I have the number of Essex electricians on hand too. Plus a plumber, a locksmith and as a result she knows she can rely on me! I once had to arrange to get my Mum’s locks changed twice in the same month – whoops!

13 Responses

  1. Sophie Durrans January 10, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I live in a mid terrace which means I get heat from both my neighbours so that saves a bit if money. Really need to sort out the draft blowing through my living room window though, I’m sure we lose so much heat, and money, through there

  2. Emily and Indiana January 10, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    We’re on the first floor of flats and I love that we get the warmth from below too! I definitely need to look into my home insurance – thanks for the reminder!! xx

  3. Alice January 10, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Some really great tips! We’ve been relying on the heating a lot. Bring on the spring/summer I say 🙂

    • katykicker January 10, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Soon be here – can’t wait to take my girl to the park and have a picnic!

  4. Amy | All Things Amy January 10, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Great suggestions! Our home is insulated well so we don’t often need the heating. I wonder if we will actually get snow!

    • katykicker January 10, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      Nothing predicted here – I keep checking! It was up to 19% for 3 hours at one point HAHA

  5. Amy @ The Smallest Of Things January 10, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I live in a maisonette and clearly my downstairs neighbours never have their heating on 😉 some great tips!

    • katykicker January 10, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Haha – mine are always pumping up the heating. Thanks guys 😀

  6. Mums Space January 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    We live in the middle between two houses so we get a lot of warmth from them! Although I can’t help but put the heating on, I feel the cold terribly!
    Tara x

    • katykicker January 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I am someone who loves a bit of heating 😉 Now I’ve got a baby I’m like ‘it is for the baby’ but really I just like being warm!

  7. lindsey January 11, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    some great tips and advice here Katy, especially about the boiler as that is normally the first thing to go as always. x

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