Beat the beast from the east
Cambridge saw temperatures plummet to –6C on 1st March – the first day of Spring! The freezing temperatures and red alerts are setting new records in Cambridge and the rest of the UK, with Storm Emma and the Beast from the East blowing an artic gale. While the snow is fun keeping your home warm and cosy is not always easy and can be expensive if not managed properly.
Here are ten easy thing to do to that will help reduce your fuel bills and keep your home warm during the harsh winter months
1. Insulate water tanks in unheated areas.
2. Check that your loft insulation is thick and in good condition, running over the pipework where possible.
3. Check that your boiler has been properly serviced.
4. Minimise draughts from outside and close doors to unheated parts of your home.
5. Seal small gaps around the areas where your TV, cable or telephone lines come through your wall.
6. Leave your loft hatch ajar, allowing warmer air to reach the loft preventing your water tank and pipes freezing.
7. If you’re going away and the temperature’s likely to drop below freezing, keep your home’s central heating at a minimum of 15°C (59F) for a few hours each day.
8. If your property is unoccupied for long periods, turn off the water at the stopcock and consider draining down the system.
9. If your chimney is not in use get an old cushion or pillow and push it up into the chimney breast, opening it out to stop the air (but not jammed tightly to stop any circulation). Keep it just visible so you don’t forget to remove it when you light the fire.
10. Make the most of the snow and examine your roof. If it is covered in snow that means it is well insulated and you are not losing heat. Patchy or no snow indicates poor insulation. Invest in some good insulation.
Some of these jobs can be managed as a DIY project but if you want to find a locally recommended tradesperson for the jobs that require an expert, get in touch with scuseme for help.