As temperatures plummet outside, property developer Taylor Wimpey is offering Cheshire homeowners some top tips to keep their houses warm this winter.

When it’s chilly outside, it can be tempting to turn up the thermostat; but in order to avoid those often costly energy bills, the homebuilder is providing the following eco-friendly and budget-friendly tips to help keep the heat inside your home this season:

• Thick curtains are one of the simplest ways to prevent heat from escaping through the windows

• Watch out for draughts that can come in through the letterbox, keyhole or cat flap - you can buy some simple but effective fixes, such as keyhole covers, to stop this happening

• Don’t block your radiators with furniture as it’ll stop the heat from warming up the room

• Cover bare floorboards with a rug or carpet during winter – floors account for up to 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated

• Keep your doors closed to keep the warm air in – and the cold air out!

• Paying for professional insulation is a great way to warm your home, but if this is too costly you can buy rolls of DIY insulation that you can roll out in your loft space

• Place some tin foil on the wall behind your radiator to reflect the heat back into the room, keeping the heat inside