“With freezing temperatures hitting the UK and the Met Office issuing a cold weather alert for large parts of the country, it is time for people to start winter-proofing their homes – but this can prove expensive unless you use a little common sense.

As millions turn up the thermostats, ensuring properties are running as efficiently as possible can help prevent energy bills from soaring.

Price comparison and switching service, uSwitch, has revealed that some households could be set to overspend by up to £536 a year on their power bills due to lack of ‘winter-proofing’.

The firm shares its combination of long-term solutions as well as practical quick fixes that could help lower costs.

Tip one: Bleed your radiators

“Bleeding” your radiators is a simple task anyone can do to improve their central heating system’s efficiency without turning the thermostat up. When you bleed a radiator, you release any air that has become trapped inside and ensures hot water fills the space instead, meaning your heating system should use less gas to warm up your home – and it should knock a few pounds off your gas bill too!

Tip two: Compare and switch your energy supplier

Quite possibly the easiest and most effective tip of all: compare energy deals to ensure you’re on the cheapest gas and electricity plan before winter arrives.

The big energy suppliers are enticing customers with some of their lowest prices since 2016. Make sure you’re not caught out in the cold – grab your energy bill and spend 10 minutes comparing energy deals to find the best one for you.

Saving*: Switching your gas and electric could save you up to £321* on your annual energy bill

*Based difference between current price cap on SVTs of £1179 per annum compared to current cheapest deal on the market at £858 per annum (Outfox the Market “FIX’D 19 5.0”). Data correct as at 19/11/19.

Tip three: Don’t get caught out with a bum boiler

There’s nothing worse than an icy shower during this time of year. Winter can be demanding for your condensing boiler, with figures showing that last year saw a fifth of UK households hit by boiler breakdown.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, heating accounts for about 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. The more efficient the boiler, the more money you could save on your energy bill.”

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