Winter is coming, and that means you need to get your home in tip top condition to cope with the weather to come – particularly as much of the UK is on course for a predicted very cold and wet winter. Are you prepared?

Must do’s

It’s always a clever idea to give your home a winter once-over before the weather worsens too much, preventing any nasty surprises. After all, "an unexpected storm or sudden boiler breakdown can quickly turn into an expensive ordeal", so why run the risk?

Top tips to make sure your home is as protected as possible from the winter weather that's on the way.

Check your boiler and heating system.

Your boiler should be serviced on a regular basis, so if you haven't done so already this year, now's the time to get it checked by a registered plumber. If your boiler is old and inefficient you should have it replaced and in some cases, this could be done free!!

Roof tiles and loft.

Give your roof a visual check to look for any cracked, missing or loose tiles, and if you spot any damage, make sure to replace them. A damaged roof could be hazardous in high winds or under mounds of snow. When in your loft next make sure your insulation is up to the winter ahead, if not then get it replaced urgently. Once again if you receive certain benefits this can be done free of charge.

Keep the central heating on.

You may think it's cheaper to turn the heating off when you're not there, but you'll want to keep it on a minimum level at all times throughout the winter months (at least 15C is recommended) to help prevent pipes freezing.

Insulate pipes and water tanks

Another way to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate those in exposed areas, and the same applies to water tanks.

Can we assist.

Check on this site to see if you are entitled to any benefits as there are many grants that go unclaimed every year. It doesn’t take long and could save you thousands.

More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say.

UK homeowners still do not understand the money that is being wasted through poor insulation.

The authors of a report to Parliament say 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required by mid-century

The UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by then – and a third of those emissions come from heating draughty buildings.

The government said it would devise policies as soon as possible. But they have said this before and no action has been forthcoming. Property owners should take time to check the insulation they have and update where necessary, it won’t cost a lot and the savings to be had far outweigh any expenditure. In some cases this can be done free of charge if you are receiving certain benefits, just check out below to see if you qualify.

Critics say ministers have been far too slow to impose a national programme of home renovation which would save on bills and improve people’s health, comfort and happiness. It would also create thousands of jobs.

The UK has some of Europe’s cheapest energy prices but some of the highest bills because homes are poorly insulated.

Can we help to save you money?

If you want to reduce your energy bills this winter please do make contact and one of our advisers will be pleased to help.

There’s no getting around it, we live in a cold climate and keeping your home warm costs a great deal of money. The department of energy predicts that prices for natural gas and electricity will again rise later this year.

We can all turn the dial on the thermostat down or wear thicker clothing indoors to save money but this is difficult to do and very uncomfortable. One sure way to save on energy costs is to ensure your loft is insulated correctly.

A recent survey of householders in the North of the country revealed that over 45% had not checked the insulation in their loft in the last 3 years. The survey pointed out the savings that could be made at little or no cost to the homeowner over the next 5 years, asked again if they were going to check and the emphatic answer was yes!

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep warm in your house is to insulate the loft area. If you are on certain allowances this can be installed free of charge, just check below to see if you qualify.

It really makes sense to ensure you are doing all you can to save money and in turn help the environment. Insulating is just one way you can reduce your monthly expenditure. Have you checked your central heating boiler lately? If not getting it serviced can save a fortune each year. If the boiler is old and inefficient you should consider replacing it as the savings are massive in the long term.

Find out more?

It is so easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free assistance with making your home more energy efficient. Just select your requirement and click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now” button. A little time spent now could save you a great deal of money in the future.

Autumn is beginning to make itself known, and so the challenge to not put the heating on for as long as possible has begun. However, it's also the time of year when a large number of energy tariffs are due to end, which could mean many people are automatically switched onto more expensive options, just as the peak season of energy usage kicks in.

Price rises of up to £409

According to data, 42 dual fuel tariffs are scheduled to end on 30 September, compared with just 18 last September, highlighting a clear annual shift. Unfortunately, this could mean average price rises of up to 53% for customers being switched onto standard tariffs: as an example, Co-operative Energy's Fix for Longer September 2017 tariff has an average annual cost of just £770, yet their standard tariff clocks in at an average of £1,179, a whopping £409 (or 53%) more.

Time to act

Have you checked your loft insulation?

By making sure your loft is insulated correctly you can save 100’s a year and you may well be able to have it upgraded free of charge.

Is your boiler working to maximum efficiency?

Ask yourself when did you last have your boiler serviced? If it was more than 2 years ago get it done now as an inefficient boiler can cost you 100’s extra every year. Are you aware if your boiler is old in certain circumstances you could have it replaced free? Check out on this site to see if you qualify.

By acting just on these two measures you could increase the value of your house by over £8000 on average. Can you afford not to act?

Check if you qualify.

Just complete the questionnaire on this site to see if you qualify for any assistance in making your home more energy efficient this winter.

Reducing carbon means cutting down on your use of basic resources such as gas, electricity and water.

Doing this will save you money, and you'll be making your home more efficient and healthy place to live in.

Sound interesting?

1) The most cost-effective method is to prevent your home from performing like a leaky sieve is to Insulate your roof, but also your walls and floors, as combined they can account for 70% of your heat loss. In some cases, can be installed free! Insulating the roof of a typical detached house could cost up to £395 initially, but could save £300 a year in terms of reduced bills, so the pay-back period is very quick.

2) Draughts account for approximately 19% loss of heat loss. Fitting excluders around doors, windows and letterboxes is a manageable DIY job for all that will achieve impressive results.

3) Now that you've created a warm shell, you can start using energy more efficiently. If your boiler is more than eight years old, you might want to consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Going from a G to an A rated energy efficient model could save you over £350 every year. Again, in some cases this can be fitted free

4) Controlling heat generated effectively is also essential. Fit timer controls to your boiler and thermostatic radiator valves to every radiator, which will allow you to monitor your energy use tightly by having the heating on only where it's required.

Can we help?

There really are huge savings that can be made very easily and in turn save you a lot of money. Check on this sight to see if you qualify for a grant or even free installation it’s quick and easy to do.