Conserve Draft proofing
Draft proofing is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of lowering your fuel bills and improving your home.
In a typical UK home, draughts will account for at least 10% of the total heat loss but If your home contains an open unused fireplace, that figure could rise to over 50%.
Draft proofing is just a matter of blocking up any holes which allow warm air out, and cold air in with specialist draft proofing products such as mastic or for larger holes expanding polyurethane foam or a chimney balloon.
Gaps around windows, under and around doors, gaps between floorboards, gaps around floor and ceiling joints, loft hatches, unused chimneys and gaps around pipes and cables that are brought through your walls or floors, are all good places to seal. DIY stores have a wide range of draft proofing products available and even a cautious DIYer can tackle draft proofing in their home.
The energy saving trust estimate that if you fully draught-proof your home, you will save yourself on average £55 per year. Draught-free homes are more comfortable to live in at lower temperatures – so you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat and this in turn could save you another £65 per year.
Draft proofing Advantages
- Draft proofing your home will make your home warmer and reduce your energy bills.
- You will benefit from a more comfortable and warmer home.
- Draft proofing is a relatively inexpensive measure to install and it can be done by an amateur DIYer.
- Draft proofing is quick to install and is not particularly disruptive.
You can get grants for Draft proofing, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.