• Save money and heat by checking the house insulation.
  • Make sure your loft insulation is thick enough and in good condition.
  • Check external windows and doors for drafts. Hanging lined curtains across windows can save heat and make the rooms more comfortable
  • Check that arm chairs and sofas do not back onto a radiator where it will block the heat comming into the room.
  • Insulation can also be provided between up and downstairs rooms in a house. This is especially important if the upstairs room is aired during the day.
  • For example, by placing a rug strategically in an upstairs room, even over a carpet can help insulate the room below and keep the heat in downstairs. The rug in the upstairs room can be placed above the downstair window area and/or radiator area to retain heat.


Curtain open across door
Curtain open across door.


Curtain closed across door
Curtain closed across door.


  • Clear any leaves covering drains.
  • Check gutters are not blocked with leaves, bird nests or grit from roof tiles. Clear any blockages.
  • Secure or replace any loose roof tiles.
  • Prune and cut back nearby trees to reduce the risk of falling branches.
  • Repair gates and fences to protect against damage from storms.
  • Check your damp course is free. Clear away any debris or piles of leaves that may bridge your damp course.
  • Check the timer on your central heating is working properly.
  • Fit lagging to your pipes, tanks and cisterns to prevent freezing.
  • Make sure your loft insulation is thick enough and in good condition.
  • Check and fix any dripping taps.
  • Make sure you known where your main stop cock is, so you can shut off the water supply if there is a flood.
  • Locate your fuse box and ensure you have spare fuses.
  • Make sure you know how to switch off the mains supply if necessary.
  • Keep a torch and batteries in an easily accessible place.

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