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It’s a wrap: Keep the chill out

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Keep working on ways to keep the warmth in.

With lots of cold fronts and icy weather still ahead of us, it makes sense to keep working on ways to keep the warmth in and the chill out of your home – while also cutting down on those horrendous winter electricity bills.

And one of the easiest things to do, says Gerhard Kotzé, managing director of the RealNet estate agency group, is to check all the windows and exterior doors to make sure there are no gaps where cold air can get in – and apply weatherstrip to any problem areas.

People should also:

◆Ensure ceilings are properly insulated.

◆Check the roof for any loose tiles or sheets.

◆Cut down on electricity or gas usage for heaters by making more use of jerseys, thermal underwear and blankets.

◆Check that any outside water pipes are properly insulated so that they don’t give off heat from hot water to the exterior or alternatively freeze at night and burst.

◆Invest in a geyser blanket

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