YOUR winter wardrobe is ready – but have you also prepared your home for freezing temperatures?
The cold can cause thousands of pounds of damage, with the risk of boilers shutting down, chimneys igniting and pipes freezing.
We have already shown you how to heat your home, but it should also be safe.
Here’s how to do it and cut costs. . .
CHEAP SCAN: Santa Claus shouldn’t be the only worker spending this winter – bring in a boiler engineer and chimney sweep, if you need one. A single boiler service costs between £ 60 and £ 120 and a chimney sweep between £ 50 and £ 90. Save by shopping. Simply type in the job on the checkatrade.com website, or surratedpeople.com, and they will send your details to three companies for quotes.
SAVE: £ 60 while shopping
BE GOOD AT YOUR GUTTER: If you are unsure of climbing a ladder, have a professional clean your gutters from leaves and other debris. It will cost you around £ 100. But if you feel like giving it a try yourself, B&Q has a free and useful tutorial on YouTube. While you are up there, make sure there are no branches hanging over your roof, as they could fall and damage it.
SAVE: £ 100
HOSE FLU: Wrap any pipes or water tanks in your loft, basement or garage with insulation material to prevent them from freezing or bursting. Homebase’s ThermaWrap Spiral Pipe Wrap costs just £ 5 to cover about five yards of 15mm pipe. It can also save you £ 10 a year on your energy bill.
SAVE: £ 10 per year
PURGE RADIATORS: Not purging them will not only leave you cold, but could also cause your boiler to corrode, according to BestHeating. You will need a bleed key, a rag, and a towel. Check out British Gas’s helpful YouTube tutorial for tips. Doing this can save up to £ 25 per heater per year, so £ 150 per year if you have six in your house.
SAVE: £ 150 per year
- The PRICES on this page are correct at the time of going to press. Offers and offers subject to availability.
The business of the day
GET two pizzas or burgers for the price of one at most Stonehouse restaurants today. That means a free Margherita pizza, costing up to £ 7.49, or a burger costing up to £ 9.49.
SAVE: £ 9.49
SAVE Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, now £ 3.99, compared to £ 4.75 for a 750g jar at Asda.
AFTER a cheap mid-term break? Travelodge is selling rooms for £ 29 a night until November 1. Includes family rooms – £ 7.25 per person per night – in Edinburgh, Kendal in the Lake District, Bodmin in Cornwall and other popular locations. Children get three-course meals for £ 6.25 and have free breakfast where the lodges have coffee bars.
BE just as sassy in this £ 14 bodycon George dress from Asda, as you would wear a similar dress from Wolf & Badger for £ 363.
SAVE: £ 349
A little help from savers
At Caffe Nero through Friday you get double the usual reward stamps for purchasing drinks on its app, plus an extra stamp to have a reusable mug. Thus, a free drink is earned after purchasing three coffees instead of the usual nine.
There are three loyalty cards with the app, for coffee, breakfast and “coffee at home” purchases, with double stamps throughout this week.
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