5 finance tips for the big freeze
How can I protect my home from weather-related incidents?
Every winter, insurers receive thousands of claims for burst pipes, which often cause up to £10,000 of flood damage. To ensure that your pipes do not freeze, it is therefore sensible to keep the central heating on constantly, but low - even if you are away.
Other top tips include insulating more exposed pipes and turning off the water supply to outside taps.
Meanwhile, to prevent nasty falls outside your home, it is a good idea to pay particular attention to slopes and steps when clearing snow and to use salt to melt any ice underneath.
Every week, Clare Francis, financial journalist and editor of comparison site moneysupermarket.com will offer tips and advice on all things money-related to help iVillagers make the most of their hard-earned cash. From energy bills to car insurance; credit cards to children’s savings accounts; mortgages to discount vouchers Clare will show you how to make sure you’re getting the best deal.