Winter proof your home before the onslaught of bad weather

Harrison Murray estate agents are urging sellers to tighten up where necessary before the onset of bad weather later this year.
 
Managing director Nick Salmon said: “We are just entering autumn and the weather is relatively bright and mild, so people naturally don’t want to think about winter just yet.
 
“However, by putting a few measures in place now, particularly if you are looking to sell your home, then you and your buyer could be reaping the benefits of taking energy efficient action early and heading off any larger than necessary bills this winter.”
 
Figures from the Department of Energy & Climate Change show that a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used in homes.
 
Here is some advice on how to save energy and money:
 
– Check your loft insulation is thick enough and in good condition. A depth of 11 inches is recommended. Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and double-glazing can all help protect your home and save money on heating bills. You may be eligible for a grant to help with this work.
 
British Gas is currently running a free offer for customers and non-customers which ends on 30 November.
 
On average, cavity wall insulation can save up to £135 a year on energy bills and lost insulation up to £175.
 
– Bleed radiators to get rid of any air inside which may lead to increased bills if the water can’t heat up effectively.
 
– Turning the room thermostat down by just one degree can save around £30 a year.
 
– Use energy efficient light bulbs that use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
 
– Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, music systems, and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.
 
– Defrost your fridge frequently and check the door seals.
 
– If you live in a hard water area, limescale can affect the efficiency of your kettle. Look out for a buildup of limescale in your kettle and treat with descaling solutions.
 
– Consider turning the thermostat on your hot water tank down to 60 degrees centigrade, which is a comfortable temperature for most people and will save on your heating costs.
 
– If you have a standard shower it will use around 40 per cent of the water required for a bath.

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