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Give Your Home a Spring MOT!

March 20, 2013

It’s officially the first day of spring today, but with no end in sight of this cold snap it seems as if the seasons in the UK no longer follow a pattern.

So while the weather’s keeping you indoors, why not give your home an MOT!

Stay warm and keep costs down

Energy efficient tips and advice

Stay warm and keep costs down

Every year, we give our cars an MOT test to ensure they’re roadworthy. Similarly, many of us have regular health check-ups. Yet our homes don’t always get the MOT they need. In fact, it makes good sense to give your home a regular review and see where its energy efficiency could be improved. Not only should this result in lower fuel bills, but it should help to maintain your home’s value. Here are some tips.

  • Fit double or triple glazing. Switching from single to energy-efficient double glazing can help to prevent 90 per cent of heat loss and save up to £400 a year in fuel bills.
  • Install wall and roof insulation to prevent heat being wasted and limit energy usage.
  • Review or replace your boiler. An older, G rated boiler can produce two-thirds more carbon emissions than a newer, A rated, condensing model.
  • Set a limit! Fitting individual room and radiator thermostats will allow you to control heating levels, saving energy and money.
  • Change the lights. Using low-energy light bulbs or fitting dimmer switches offers a more energy-efficient approach.

For more tips and advice go to Pilkington MOT Your Home.

Check the electrics

Avoid electrical fires

Tips and advice to help protect your family and home from electrical shock and fire risks.

According to NICEIC, 43,000 fires are caused in the home each year, with over 8,170 (19%) caused by electrical faults and 10,750 (25%) caused by people not using electrical equipment and appliances properly. Here are some tips and advice to help you protect your family and home from electrical shock and fire risks.

  • Ensure all sockets and switches are checked and repaired on a regular basis. Look out for signs of over-heating.
  • Regularly check flexible cables for extension leads and appliances. Don’t run cables under carpets or rugs – you won’t be able to notice any damage to them.
  • Do not overload sockets. The use of extension leads and adaptors should be kept to a minimum. If you don’t have enough sockets in your home ask a registered electrician to fit some more for you.
  • Do not put any electric heaters near curtains or furniture, or dry clothes on them.
  • If the electrics in your home are over 10 years old it is recommended that you employ a registered electrician to carry out a periodic inspection.
  • Always turn off electrical appliances that don’t need to be on permanently when not in use, especially at night.
  • In the case of an electrical fire, where safe to do so, switch off and unplug the appliance or switch off the power at the fuse box. Do not put water on the fire, get out quickly and call 999.

For more tips and advice go to www.niceic.com

Keep an eye on your bricks and mortar 

Keep an eye on your bricks and mortar

Looking after the outside is just as important as decorating the inside

As well as sprucing up your home with a spot of DIY over the Easter break make sure you don’t neglect the maintenance jobs to avoid hefty repair bills later on.

It’s just as important to fix faulty guttering or replace missing roof tiles to avoid ruining any decorating you do inside.

Other checks should include giving your windows a thorough once over, checking for signs of wear.

You should also keep a close eye on vegetation and trees that could cause structural damage or dampness to your home. Keep plants and trees pruned back to avoid them potentially causing damage to your home.

If you’re thinking of carrying out any home improvements be realistic about whether you have the skills and the time to undertake such tasks. If you don’t then you will probably save money in the long run by calling in the experts!

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