Winter drawers on Exmouth! How can you stay warm and save money?

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By ExeCellent | Monday, September 26, 2011, 22:27

WINTER DRAWERS ON EXMOUTH! So how can you stay warm and save money? Last winter's heavy snow falls in Exmouth sent fuel bills soaring and caught many homeowners on the hop. If you were one of them, now's the time to be thinking about winter-proofing your home for the coming months...

Heat loss

A vast amount of expensive heat escapes through the loft, walls, windows and doors of our homes. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that over a quarter (26%) of a home's heat loss is through the roof, a third (33%) is through the walls and a fifth (20%) is through poor ventilation and draughts. So insulating your home will keep you warmer in winter, cooler in summer and save you money too!

Windows

One of the simplest ways to stay cosy and save fuel costs is to install double glazing. Few householders are willing to tackle this job themselves, but luckily there are several reliable local companies who can help. DK Glass and Windows has received some glowing reports from happy Exmouth People customers – BenPeter writes: "Absolutely over the moon with the quality and workmanship of the product and way in which it was installed. I would definitely recommend DK Glass & Windows to anyone looking for a reliable window company offering a genuinely great product at a realistic price. So pleased!"

Curtains

If double glazing is beyond your means, or you don't own your home, you can still cut your fuel bills dramatically by simply hanging heavy, full-length curtains, ideally with a thermal lining. If you can't find suitable ready-made curtains, visit Exmouth Curtains & Blinds who will be happy to make them to measure in the design of your choice.

Draughts

Draughts from doors and windows are not only annoying, they account for a fifth of energy loss in the home. Fortunately even the most reluctant DIY-er can tackle these easily. Draught excluders come in all shapes and forms. For external doors, you can fit a strip with brush edging along the bottom. There are also special draught excluders for letterboxes. Draughts around the sides of doors and windows can be sealed with self-adhesive foam strip or removable caulk. The helpful staff at Garners  – "An Aladdin's cave of hardware and homeware" according to AuntDahlia – will be able to advise on the best solution for your home.

Lofts

If you're a competent DIY-er, you may wish to take on the job of loft insulation yourself. You will find everything you need at B&Q who also provide helpful information sheets to make sure you get it right. chloe_246 says: "This is a massive store for Exmouth which supports most of the local tradesmen. Its opening times are perfect for everyone as they open early and close late for all those people that don't finish work till later.". Remember, insulating the loft will create a cold space in the roof cavity, so any water tanks or pipes will need to be properly lagged to avoid freezing. The damage caused by burst pipes and tanks could cost a lot more than your energy savings!

How to keep costs down

It's worth remembering that insulating your home is a one-off cost which will save you money on your energy bills year-on-year with no further investment or ongoing maintenance costs.  There's no doubt that the initial outlay can be expensive, but if you have a low income, you may be eligible for a grant under the Government's Warm Front initiative to help with the cost. So winter-proof your home now, and you'll be sitting comfortably for many years to come!

      

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