• A lot of money and heat can be saved 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
  • The front door is often a source of drafts and cold. Here fix a lined curtain accross the surounding wall and door. An example is shown in the pictures below.
  • Check if other windows are a source of alot of drafts and cold. If so hang lined curtains across them.
  • If the windows face a radiator, a lined curtains accross them can keep the heat inside and stop it radiating outside.
  • 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. The rug in the upstairs room can be placed in the area above the downstairs window and/or radiator.
  • The front door is often a source of drafts and cold. Here fix a lined curtain across the surounding wall and door. An example is shown in the pictures below.


    Curtain open across door
    Curtain open across door.


    Curtain closed across door
    Curtain closed across door.

  • Alternatively if there is room a swing arm curtain rail can be fitted with a curtain attached to swing open when the door is opened and close behind it when shut.
    Door swing arm for curtain
    Door swing arm for curtain.
  • A bay window is lovely in summer to let the sun, light and air into a room but can be cold and draughty in winter. Blinds can protect some of the winter cold entering the room from the window and give some privacy. However additional insulation can be gained by fitting cutains across the bay as shown in the picture below. When the curtains are closed they will give an additional layer of insulation between the window and the room.
    Curtain across bay window
    Curtain across bay window.
    To see a selection of blinds click here
    To see a selection of curtain poles and accessories click here


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you know how to switch off the mains supply if necessary.
  • Locate your fuse box and ensure you have spare fuses.

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