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8 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks & Savings Tips To Do This Winter

By Jessica Truss | Published January 2, 2020

8 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks

With the weather cooling down after one of the hottest summers on record, changing temperatures will stress your home and garden, as well as your bills!

Here are 8 things to reduce the costs of your bills immediately.

1. Check the gutters on your property

Check your gutters

Gutters are an integral part of your property’s well being. They control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.

When neglected, expects say that gutters can turn into a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof and damage to the interior or exterior of your home.

Although cleaning gutters is a task most of us can do ourselves , it can be dangerous work! You can hire a professional to do it for around £75. During a cleaning, a professional should remove all debris from the roof, gutters and downspouts while checking and repairing any loose bits. 

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3. Keep the heat on

Turning the heating off is a simple mistake that thousands of homeowners make every year, according to expert Stephen Fanuka.

When families go on holiday in the winter, most opt to turn their heating system off. By doing so, there’s a risk that pipes will freeze and become brittle. The additional benefit of leaving the heat on (for just an hour every day) is that it saves your system from having to work extra hard when you return to bring your house up to temperature. 

4. Use Coke to clean clogged drains

Clean your drains with Coca Cola

A clogged drain can be a nightmare. When a drain clogs, you may not have the correct chemicals or supplies to fix it immediately.


Instead of waiting and hoping for the water to go down the drain, you may be able to unclog your drain with the classic soft drink. Coke contains phosphoric acid that will eat through the clog, it is also cheaper than most brand drain uncloggers on the market.

  1. Clean the area around the drain to remove any debris. Shine a flashlight down the train and use tweezers to remove any large debris such as hair.

  2. Open a 2-litre bottle of Coke and pour is steadily into the drain and avoid splashing it.

  3. Allow foam to subside, then continue pouring the Coke until you empty the 2-litre bottle.

  4. Allow the Coke to sit in the drain overnight. In the morning, pour boiling water down the drain initially and then run hot water from the taps for 5 minutes.

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5. Use a chimney balloon

Chimney Balloon

When your fireplace is not in use, you can use a Chimney Balloon to stop drafty air from entering your house. Chimneys are a major source of heat loss during the winter months as they provide a direct channel to the outdoors.

Balloons vary in price, but are typically available for less than £20 on Amazon. Just be sure to remove and store correctly before you light your next fire. 

6. Replace your inefficient bulbs with LEDs

LED light bulbs are four times more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and last for many years. If you’ve never updated the light bulbs in your home, consider making the switch now.

7. Prepare for a snowmageddon

Beast from the East

Every year we get the same warnings about the “Beast from the East” snowstorm. Don’t wait until it’s already starting to think about what supplies you might need. Be prepared with shovels for your driveway as a starting point.

It’s also a good idea to have a few more tinned foods and dried pet foods on hand in case of some unanticipated days where it’s harder to make it outside. 

8. Check plug sockets and power cords

Check your plug sockets

Electrical appliances are the 4th leading cause of house fires and many can be prevented by a simple health check of your wires and plug sockets.

All you have to do it walk around your home and inspect cords, sockets and surge protectors. Make sure the cords are not frayed, paying extra attention to where they have to bend. Also take a few minutes to confirm there are no suspicious black marks around outlets.

This is also a good opportunity to unplug any appliances that you do not use regularly and may be costing you money. 

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