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Summer may have only just drawn to a close, but when it comes to getting ready for winter there’s no time like the present. Although you’re unlikely to be scraping ice off your car just yet, following some of these steps now could save you time and money down the line:

Get your heating system serviced

Once temperatures start to drop you’ll be thankful for having checked your central heating system is working as it should be. Investing in boiler insurance might be an option worth considering for some people, as certain policies include an annual service, providing you with the peace of mind that everything is working as it should be. Taking out this kind of cover can also help you avoid being left in the cold, because if a problem does arise a Gas Safe Registered engineer will head out to fix it.

Take steps to lower your energy bills

In the current economic climate it’s well worth looking in to ways to slash your energy bills. A yearly service (as offered by various boiler cover policies) can help to achieve this but it’s always worth thinking of other ways to reduce wastage. This might be something as simple as turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees or turning off appliances when they’re not in use. Alternatively, you could spend a little to make some bigger savings in the long term. Installing double glazing and improving insulation can have some huge benefits, as can lagging pipes and fitting a jacket to the boiler.

Stock up on emergency supplies

If you live in a remote area you might already be aware of the impact bad weather can have on your life. So with that in mind, it’s worth preparing for a situation where getting to the shops might not be possible by investing in some supplies. Appropriate food and drink is essential, but so too is a supply of blankets and warm clothing. It’s a good idea to have some candles and a torch too, so you’re not left in the dark in the event of a power cut.

Tidy up your garage

If you’re still yet to properly put away garden tools it’s worth doing sooner rather than later. This might mean storing your lawn mower or strimmer out of sight and keeping shovels and other winter essentials a little closer to hand. Be sure to empty out watering cans too as any leftover water can soon freeze and cause them to crack.

Check the guttering

Blocked gutters can cause all sorts of problems, particularly if rain water is unable to flow through them. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get rid of fallen leaves and other debris towards the end of autumn as making a little effort could help you to avoid much bigger problems later. While you’re up there it’s also worth checking roof tiles and TV aerials are as secure as they should be.

Winter can be a great time of year, but also one that can prove costly, so it’s well worth doing what you can to keep yourself and your finances healthy.