• 7 simple tricks to prepare your home for winter

Following a few simple tricks can make a big difference to heating your home efficiently. See what you can do to keep your home cosy this winter:

Easy foil insulation

A simple piece of DIY foil insulation placed behind your radiators reflects heat back into your home. It can help your heating system to warm your home faster and keep the heat inside for longer.

Foam insulation for exposed pipes

Also known as pipe lagging, this type of insulation stops heat from being lost from exposed pipes in your home. This can make your heating system more efficient, and save you money. You can find this type of insulation at most DIY stores, and it's easy to install - just cut it to length with scissors and slot it around the pipes.

Draft-proofing

Patching up drafts around windows and doors can make a huge different to the temperature inside your home. Insulating tape for use around windows and doors is self adhesive and easy to install.

Get your boiler services

It's important you look after your boiler, and an annual check helps ensure it is working as efficiently as possible. If you're a Liberty customer, we'll let you know when your annual gas service is due.

Close your curtains

Lots of warmth can leave your home through the windows. So close the curtains in the evening to whilst you're not in the house to keep the heat inside. You can even buy thermal curtain liners which will keep even more heat inside!

Cover bare floors

Wooden and tiled floors can be cold to the touch, and gaps between wooden floorboards can let in draughts. But a rug can keep your toes toasty, blocking some of the draughts and making your home feel warmer.

Know your perfect temperature

Most people set their thermostats between 18°C and 21°C. If you have it higher, and your house feels too hot, you could save money by turning it down a couple of degrees until your homes is a comfortable temperature.