Winter is here for a little while longer and, as temperatures plummet, it’s time to start to thinking about how to budget for some of the biggest expenses that the season brings.
Whether you have to contend with a faulty boiler or you’re thinking ahead to what the extreme weather will bring, planning now can help to prevent unforeseen expenditures in the coming months.
Here is a roundup of some of the most common winter costs and how to be ready for them.
High Energy Bills
Keeping your home cosy during the colder months can be expensive. Whacking the heating on full blast might be the easiest way to warm things up, but it’s also the priciest.
To reduce the need for the heating, check your home for draughts and make sure your radiators are working at full capacity by bleeding them where necessary. Also, if you’ve been with the same energy provider for years, it might be time to switch.
The ‘big six’ energy suppliers may be the best-known, but there are plenty of alternatives available if you shop around. Compare prices, swap to a tariff that suits you and you could make some savings on your winter fuel bills.
It’s not uncommon for the boiler to break down just when you need your heating the most. In fact, winter is the most common season for them to become faulty. This is largely as a result of standing water in the pipes freezing over or because the pilot light has extinguished.
Try to set aside some funds so that you have the money ready to cover the costs of calling out an engineer. It’s worth saving more than you think you’ll need as it could be that you require a brand-new boiler and they can prove costly.
There have been a few storms in the last year that have caused felled trees and damage to properties across the UK. While extreme weather is unpredictable, there are steps you can take to protect your home from battering winds and to save you on repairs in the long run.
Some simple ways to weather-proof your house include checking gutters are securely fastened and clear of debris; keeping tree branches that are close to the building trimmed back and away from windows; and ensuring your roof tiles are in place and secure. While some of this may involve paying out for replacement tiles or hiring a professional to cut your trees, the cost is significantly less than if you were to have to repair your home.
Are you ready for winter? How are you planning on protecting your property?