Save money and keep out the cold by draught-proofing your home

As winter draws near and the weather starts to get colder you may be interested in saving energy and money by draught-proofing your home.

Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy – and money – in any type of building.

How much could you save by draught-proofing?

Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you around £25 per year. Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat saving even more on your energy bills.

Where to look for draughts

Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered.

You’ll find draughts at any accidental gap in your home that leads outside, such as:

  • around windows
  • around doors – including keyholes and letterboxes
  • around loft hatches
  • around electrical fittings on walls and ceilings
  • between floorboards
  • around pipework leading outside
  • at ceiling-to-wall joints

You should block most of these – but be careful in areas that need good ventilation, such as:

  • areas where there are open fires or open flues
  • rooms where a lot of moisture is produced, such as the kitchen, bathrooms and utility rooms

For more tips and information on draught proofing your home visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/draught-proofing

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