What to consider for winter now

So the temperature hasn't yet plummeted and we're in the middle of enjoying autumnal walks, wearing the first jumper of the season and finally getting back into boots instead of sandals. Autumn is well and truly here. And this is the perfect time to think about preparing for winter. Here are our top tips on what you need to think about before the air starts to turn icy.

 

Insurance over the chilly months

Make sure you have one less thing to worry about during winter and get your boiler, or your whole heating system insured.

EDF Energy offer three types of insurance:

Boiler: if you're looking for the best gas boiler cover, you’re in the right place. Get total peace of mind that if your boiler breaks, you're covered.

Heating: cover your whole central heating system for a no worries winter.

Total: cover your whole energy supply, leave nothing to chance and keep toasty!

Check out all our insurance products here.

 

Boiler maintenance

Make sure your boiler works in time for winter. A happy working boiler is absolutely essential to a happy home. Before winter really sets in, get your boiler serviced. Don’t leave anything to chance – keep your boiler happy, and you’ll keep the whole family warm.

 

Cut down on bills with insulation

We have a variety of insulation products to keep the warmth in your home and lower your bills. You can choose from:

Solid wall insulation: get older solid-wall homes clad for extra insulation.

Loft insulation: don’t loose heat through your roof.

Cavity wall insulation: insulate gaps to stop heat leaking out.

 

Take control of your heating

Picture it: a freezing evening, you’re drenched on the way home, but with your smart thermostat you can pop on the heating and make sure you arrive back to a cosy house.

Smart thermostats mean you’re always in control of the temperature of your home, no matter where you are. We love the award-winning Netatmo smart thermostat for its sleek design and the fact it can connect to the Netatmo smart radiator valves too. Read all you need to know about smart thermostats in this handy article.

Take your first steps towards a smarter home and visit our Smart Home Store now for all the best smart home tech.

 

Get savvy about energy efficiency

During winter, we naturally use more energy – but to lower the impact of bill shock and be kinder to the environment there are many ways you can cut down on your energy use. From energy-efficient lighting and heating, to appliances and general good energy habits around the house.

 

Tips for heating:

  • Turn down your thermostat. Just one degree could save you money.
  • Run your heating for an hour less each day. Even using a little less energy each day adds up to big savings over time.
  • Remember to check your radiators to see if they need bleeding. This removes any trapped air that stops them working as efficiently as they could. It's easy to do.

 

Tips for the house:

  • Switch off the lights. If you’re not in the room, make sure the light is off.
  • Shut the curtains. This helps keep the warmth in the room.
  • Unplug devices. Don’t just leave them on standby as this still uses energy.

 

Want to be even more energy efficient?

Get more tips on energy efficiency from our friend and blogger Becky Goddard-Hill. She wrote this article on how she stays energy efficient at home.

 

Want to save money on your bills?

Visit our energy efficiency section for the best tips to keep your energy bills as low as possible this winter.