Smart ways to save
Owning your own home is a big responsibility and usually involves a large financial outlay.
So take the pressure off yourself by doing a few simple, yet smart, things to make your home more comfortable, affordable and warm in winter.
One easy and inexpensive way to do this is plugging gaps around doors and windows where draughts enter. Turning up the heat to counteract chilly draughts is counterproductive and adds unnecessary expense to the utility bills.
A far better and more cost-effective approach is to just solve the problem by fixing the gap. Around doorways, sealant usually does the trick to mend gaps while the good old fashioned carpet snake can be placed on the floor at the bottom of doorways.
But also remember there are other sneaky ways those pesky draughts can blow their way in your home. Wall cracks, smoke extractors and old chimneys are other sources for draughts to blow through easily.
So seal the cracks, close the extractor if it has a sliding door option when not in use and consider if your chimney is used enough to warrant keeping.
Floor boards are another place where draughts love to flow through. Strategically placed rugs, fresh polish and ensuring boards are well maintained and not bowing should also help address that problem area.