If you want to save money on your energy bills but don’t want to spend too much money, you could draught proof your home. Draught proofing is very efficient and will reduce your energy bills without you having to spend much money on materials.
You’ll need to find all the unwanted gaps in your home that let cold air in and warm air out and draught proof them. But where are you likely to find draughts?
Common places to find draughts
Draughts occur where there are unwanted gaps in your home. Common places you’ll find draughts are:
- Loft hatches
- Suspended floorboards
- Keyholes and letterboxes
Block any gaps you find around these areas. Be careful if you have an open fire in a room as this will need good ventilation.
How do you draught proof?
If you’re happy doing draught proofing yourself, it will cost you between £120-£290 to draught proof your entire house. You’ll need different materials for different areas:
- Windows: Self-adhesive foam strips or metal strips with brushes attached
- Doors: Keyhole covers, letterbox brushes and foam
- Chimneys and fireplaces: Chimney draught excluder or cap over the chimney pot
- Floorboards: flexible fillers, mastic or decorator’s caulk
- Loft hatches: foam strips like those used for windows and doors
Most products will come with full instructions on how to use them to their full potential. Most products are easy to install.
How much can you save?
If you draught proof your windows and doors, you could save between £25-£50 per year. If you kit out your entire home, you’ll save even more. You’ll be able to turn down your thermostat as your home will feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you could save another 10% off your heating bill.
If you don’t fancy trying to draught proof your home yourself, you can ask a professional to do it. It will cost you more, but you can feel safe in the knowledge that everything is done correctly.
Draught proofing is a sure-fire way to save money on your bills. And if you pair it with other insulating methods, such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, you’ll slash your bills further.
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