As the UK has seen a great downpour of rain over the last week, and forecasts show that the wet weather is set to continue, it seems that summer is coming to an end relatively early! Although many are sad to see the sunshine slipping away, why not make the most of the rainy days and get your home in order for winter? By making just a few simple changes and utilising the spare time you have this summer, you could save yourself money and make your home a better place to live! Here are our top five tips:

front of a house getting ready for winter

Review your contracts

Although it can often be a boring and tedious task, it’s a good idea to set aside just a few hours this summer to trawl through your bills in search of a better deal. The first things to look at are of course your gas and electric bills, but you should also take the time to look at other providers such as your TV, phone bill and any other outgoing bills that you may have. You might also want to take a look at your home insurance to ensure that you are covered for any damages that may come from a brutal winter – but also to see if you can find a cheaper deal elsewhere!

Take a look at your appliances

Old appliances tend to use a far greater amount of energy than newer versions with the latest innovations and technologies. The prime culprits for energy wastage are usually large items such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and tumble driers, but often small appliances can make a difference too. If you’ve had an appliance since before you can remember, it might be time to invest in a new one, which could save you money in the long run. Many energy providers will offer to review your appliances to see where you’re using the largest part of the energy, which could save you more than you might initially think! For example, investing in a new 100% efficient electric fire could be just one way to give your home an update and cut back on your energy costs.

Re-vamp and renovate

The summer is the best time to revamp and renovate your home for many reasons, from the fact that you have more spare time on your hands, to the extended hours of daylight. Plus, in the winter, the colder, wetter weather means that you’ll be spending a substantially larger amount of time inside, so you’ll want your home to be in top condition before entering the winter months. Make sure you bleed your radiators, check over your fireplace, and do any painting work that needs doing in the summer or autumn months to ensure you are prepared.

Insulation

Insulation can not only help to keep your home warm in the winter but can, surprisingly, also help to keep your home cool in the summer! Again, it is best to get these preparations underway before the cold weather hits so that you are fully prepared. So, if you need work done on your roof, double-glazed windows fitting, loft/wall insulation or a new heating system, now is the time to get these things done. Although the initial outlay may be higher than you would like, in the long-term, these changes could save you a lot of money on your energy bills.

Cleaning and decluttering

A deep cleaning and de-cluttering session is always a must-do before a new season begins. This gives you a chance to refresh your home and ensure that you have all you need for the autumn/winter. Clean your home room-by-room for the best results, and it is worth going the extra mile and hiring a carpet cleaner or steam cleaner for a super-clean finish! This will also help to boost your morale as the end of summer blues start to kick in!