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Are You Winter Ready?

It is becoming increasingly clear that we can’t rely too heavily on what the weather will do: Will we have a white Christmas, or will there be a heat wave in December?! Neither would be entirely surprising at this point!

But either way, it’s always best to be prepared.

We’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure your family are all Winter ready:

1. Check your Car

All too often we take our cars for granted. But do you have everything you need to keep you going? We don’t necessarily mean a major breakdown; even iced up windows, or cold children and a traffic jam can cause a big headache.

  • Get an Ice Scraper, Torch (with batteries!), and small shovel.
  • Keep a lint-free cloth to wipe away condensation or clean the wing mirrors.
  • Stock up the First Aid Kit.
  • Keep a warm blanket on the back seat for chilly children (much safer than leaving their bulky jackets on.)
  • Check your oil, coolant, windscreen wash, and tyre pressure (as you should regularly anyway!)

2. Service Your Boiler

Think your gas boiler is fine as it is? Actually, getting your boiler serviced you could save up to €150 by making sure it is running efficiently. The Service Engineer will ensure your boiler is working as it should be; helping to avoid more extensive repairs or replacement in the future. Bord Gáis Energy can help you get ready for Winter with a free boiler service and 14% off gas if you switch online.*

3. Winter-Proof Your Wardrobe

There is nothing worse than spending the day with cold damp feet. We may not need Moon Boots, but make sure everyone in the family has at least one pair of shoes that won’t leak in slushy weather, and that will keep toes warm. It’s also a great excuse to stock up on fluffy socks!

It’s also time to hit the knitwear: If in doubt, start with the ears, making sure you and your little ones have a warm hat (preferably one you’ll enjoy wearing.) A good hairstyle is not worth that cold ear pain! Once you have the basics, get out those snuggly knits (if you ever put them away for the summer at all) and throw yourself into jacket season.

4. Get your House Winter Ready

Outside, check your gutters aren’t blocked with leaves; and put out a bird feeder or two (even apartments can have ones that fix directly to the window.) Inside, stock up on candles, a torch, and batteries. If you can feel a draft, but can’t afford new doors & windows, make sure your curtains fit, and get the draft excluders ready (places like Dunnes and Penneys often have affordable versions.) They make a surprising difference!

Then it’s time to get hibernation ready: Stock up on extra books and family films your kids will enjoy (perfect Harry Potter season!) 

5. Look After Your Skin

As temperatures drop, you might find your skin drying out. To tackle this, stay hydrated (if you’re chilly, herbal tea can be just as good as water.) Switch to a heavier moisturiser, and go easy on harsh exfoliators. Make sure you keep a good lip balm handy, and wear gloves … as a manicurist once told me: They’re jewels, not tools.

6. Look After Your Family’s Health

If you haven’t already, this is the time to get Flu jabs, particularly if you’re pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or are a carer/healthcare worker. Also, make sure you get plenty of nutritious food (especially vitamin C) to boost your immune system. As a handy hack, keep pre-sliced lemon and ginger in the freezer so you can quickly whip up mugs of hot honey, lemon and ginger without worrying about keeping the ingredients fresh.

Get yourself Winter ready and switch to Bord Gáis Energy online to get a free boiler service and 14% off your gas.* Switch online at www.bordgaisenergy.ie.

This article was kindly sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy.

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About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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