• Alot 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
  • Check if other windows are a source of drafts and cold. If so hang lined curtains across them.
  • If the windows face a radiator, a lined curtains across the windows can help keep the heat inside the room and prevent it radiating outside.
  • Check that arm chairs and sofas do not back onto a radiator where it will block the heat comming into the room.
  • Placing a rug strategically in an upstairs room, even over a carpet can help insulate the room below and keep the heat in. This is especially so if the upstairs room is aired during the day. The rug in the upstairs room can be placed above the downstair window area and/or radiator area.
  • 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.


  • 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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