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This Winter, Be Smart about the way you Warm-Up

Winter Energy Saving

Preparing for the cold snap

There will be a cold snap soon, so brace yourself for the winter. There might be a question in your mind about keeping your house cosy throughout this season. The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, with snowy scenery and chillier temperatures.

You can prep your house for long winter nights by following this checklist. We will share some helpful tips in this blog about how to prepare your home for winter, including how to weatherproof your loft space and fix any leaks in the system. With these winter home tips, you'll find plenty of ideas to get you through the cold months.

Winter Energy Saving
Winter Energy Saving

The following are the top 8 things to pay attention to 

Insulate your loft

Heat has natural tendency to rise, it is not surprising that an inadequately insulated loft is one of the leading sources of heat loss in many houses.

The winter is the best time to get your loft insulated if it hasn't already been done. There are many great deals to be found, and you may even qualify for money-saving discounts or grants. Don't miss out on any help you can get from the government to help make your home more energy efficient!

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Roof Insulation

Check Your Roof

While it is good to think about your loft in preparation for the winter, it is equally important to think about your roof, after all heat rises and this is what is protecting your home from the elements.

It is common to find leaks and structural damage related to wear and tear on the roof, as well as slipped roof tiles. The winter weather is sure to bring harsh conditions this year. As a result, it is recommended that you repair the loose tiles so that snow and rain do not impede your house's pipes. 

By ensuring your roof is in good order you are making your home more energy efficient, saving energy bills, saving energy for the environment, reducing energy usage and saving on heating bills.

Clean Out Your Gutters

It is possible to have gutter blockages during winter after the autumn drop of leaves. If there is heavy rain or snow and waste becomes trapped in the gutters this can cause drainage issues and damage.

As soon as the water is standing, its temperature will drop, creating leaks, ice, and even drooping gutters. A clogged gutter can cause drainage problems, which is why it's so important to address them. The sooner you solve any problems, the better. 

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Blocked Guttering

Stock up on supplies

As much as the winter months can be cosy, you may also come across emergency situations because of snow and thunderstorms.

When you don't have a plan in place for a blackout during the winter, the consequences may be severe. If an emergency occurs, make sure you have items such as torches with a battery, power banks, candles, blankets.

You might also want to stock up on food and drinks in case the situation gets worse or if your house is located in an area where it may become blocked in or flooded. Make sure you have plenty of blankets on hand to keep warm. 

Bleeding Radiators

Your radiator requires a lot more energy to heat up, which suggests that there is unrestrained air in your central heating system.

If you're experiencing cold spots in your home or your radiators are feeling cold, bleed them to get them back up to temperature. By releasing the air in your radiators it allows them to fill back up with water and keep your home warm without having the heating on 24/7.

With this simple process, you should be able to reclaim your warmth feeling in no time at all and save energy at the same time! Keeping your home energy efficient will save money on winter energy bills.

Boiler Servicing

The boiler should be serviced every year at the very least. As a result, the system will remain safe and efficient as well as under warranty.

It's always worth being aware of the different signs that could indicate that your boiler is in need of repair. Knowing the various signs that could mean your boiler needs to be repaired is always wise. It's imperative to have it checked or serviced or installed during the winter months so that there's a warm water supply throughout the house.

You can choose the boiler that best fits the needs of your house and make sure that it keeps you warm this winter. Check out our guide on types of boilers to help you find the right boiler for your home.

Smart Thermostats

These are a great way of tracking your energy usage. You can create a heating schedule and control it from your phone or tablet. If you have been out all day or returning from a winter holiday and want to house warm for your return, you can switch it on from your mobile. They are a modern piece of genius!

Smart Thermostat
Smart Thermostat

Carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are highly recommended in any home with a gas sourced appliance such as fireplace, boiler, log burner, or stove. Without the proper ventilation, installation, or maintenance, odourless and potentially hazardous gases are likely to leak.

By failing to get your appliances checked regularly you are putting your home and family at a potential risk of carbon monoxide exposure.

It's important to keep the battery checked regularly, so ensure you test it.

Keep Warm

As a bonus to remembering these important considerations in your home, you should also prepare for cold weather by pulling out your warmest jumpers, dig out the blankets and snuggle up. You may not realise it, but by easing up on your thermostat even a little bit will cut your energy bills by a significant amount every year, saving you money!

ATG Winter Energy Saving Tips

We hope that by following these tips you will have the most pleasant, safe, and warm winter without any nasty surprises. These winter energy saving tips should help you save money, improve your home energy efficiency, energy consumption and improve your home.

Here at ATG, we want to bring you a happy winter. Choose from our wide range of boiler services, such as installation and certification. We can also notify you when it is time for your boiler to be serviced. 

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Steve Groke
As the managing director of ATG Boiler Installation, Steve has over 10-years of experience installing boilers for customers in Hull and across the East Yorkshire area. On the blog, Steve shares useful guidance and expert recommendations on all aspects of plumbing and heating.
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