With the days getting shorter we tend to get a bit heavier on the electricity use. Make sure your lighting isn’t going to give you a shock when your electricity bill arrives. There are so many sustainable lighting choices available, and installing some will save you money in the long run. You’ll also be doing the environment a favour!
It's time to close up the house to avoid the wet and cooler weather. Doing this can sometimes highlight maintenance issues that have been sitting unnoticed during the warmer months. Now’s the time to fix or report these issues. Moisture damage in particular can be a costly problem later, so getting on top of it now is important.
Secure your gardens and outdoor furniture
We've had some pretty windy days already. Make sure any loose objects in your yard, such as garden furniture, are secured so they won’t be blown around.
With the fall of leaves through Autumn and the few stormy winter days we've had it might be time to remove them and other debris from your home’s gutters. Also give it a good rinse with a hose — so that winter’s rain can drain. If you are renting and notice they look full or overflowing, report it to your property manager.
Insulate for a warmer winter
Most doors have a gap between the bottom of the door and the floor .This gap allows an enormous amount of heat to escape from a room and for the cold outside air to be blown into a room, especially the front door. A simple door sock or even a rolled up towel placed over this gap will help keep the heat inside a room.
Heating a whole house is more expensive than heating just the rooms you want to use, so ensure all unused rooms are kept closed .
Windows that are not shut tightly will let volumes of hot air escape and cold air in. Make sure these windows are shut tight and that curtains and blinds are drawn.