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Get Rid Of Drafts And Save Money On Your Energy Bills

I like saving time at home, but I like saving money too. The fact is, it’s pretty easy to save money on your home energy bill. It doesn’t take a lot of effort (which is good) and you don’t have to invest a great deal of money.

Your energy bill is probably one of the biggest single line items in your monthly budget, os it’s well worth taking some very simple steps to reduce it. Here are some very simple tips, which will save you money the minute you put them into place.

Get Rid Of Drafts

draft excluder for doorDrafts are one of the main culprits when it comes to using energy needlessly. Gaps around door frames and around windows will allow cold air to enter the heated areas of your house, reducing the temperature, increasing your heating bill and generally making you feel uncomfortable.

The good news is that drafts are, generally speaking, one of the easiest household energy problems to fix. You just need to find where the cold air is getting in and block up the gap.

Quite often, it will be very obvious where the draft is coming from. Sometimes you might need to go looking for it. A candle will help you here, just move it around and see where the flame flickers and dances most energetically.

Drafts Under And Around Doors

Drafts under doors are one of the most common problems and those are incredibly easy to fix. You can simply put an old towel or blanket across the bottom of the door. If you’re a bit arty crafty, you can even make your own using old clothes stuffed with socks and other similar items.

Alternatively you can just buy them ready made, and they have the advantage of moving with the door so that you don’t have to reposition your draft stopper every time you open and close the door. You can even get some quite decorative ones like these nice pussy cats. There are other designs available for dog lovers of course.

draft excluder cats

If you find that you have drafts coming in at the side, or the top, of the door, you can use self adhesive tape to block up the gap. It’s cheap to buy and easy to apply. you’ll be warmer and more comfortable in no time – and you’ll save money on your heating bill. Use it around door frames and also window frames.


Drafts At AC Units And Unused Chimneys

Other common sources of drafts include air conditioning units and chimneys in older houses. You can get special covers to prevent drafts coming in through your AC unit in the colder months.

Once again, you can get different colors and designs to suit your internal decor.

They are very easy to fit. You’ll have it in place in a jiffy and you’ll be so much warmer.
chimney balloonUnused chimneys can be blocked up with old newspapers, rags or using special, inflatable chimney balloons. Don’t forget to remove these before you light a fire though. These come in different sizes and are very easy to fit.

Just insert them up your chimney and then inflate the balloon. It will expand to fill all the various nooks and crannies and the cold air will be prevented from entering into your room.

Other Sources Of Drafts

Drafts basically occur wherever there’s a gap or a hole. These openings let cold air in and warm air out.

If you have sanded floors, gaps between the floorboards can allow drafts to cool your room down. You can treat these by using a filler, or you can even get cords that you tap gently into the gaps between floorboards. Don’t forget, floorboards expand and contract as temperature changes, so whichever filling method you choose, make sure to go for one that has some inherent flexibility.

Another common area for drafts is anywhere that pipes or cables enter your room or your house. Obviously these need a hole to pass from one room to another – and if it’s not well sealed, you can find yourself with drafts.

You can get a variety of different products to help you seal holes at pipes and cables. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and fast acting.

Ventilation

Whilst it’s great to get rid of drafts and keep your home cozy and warm, don’t forget that a certain amount of air flow and ventilation is also needed. That’s particularly true in rooms where you get a lot of steam and condensation, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. So make sure to leave some ventilation where it’s needed.


 

8 Comments

  • Phil says:

    Hi there,
    You have written a great post about an issue that is very topical today, ie global warming and all that it entails.
    I like your practicality and simplicity, about how we can all help with this problem. We can all do our own bit and it starts at home. Not only would we be helping the envoirnment, but we would be saving money in the process.
    If we all did something small and worthwhile, the collective result would be awesome and would help enormously.
    Cheers…………Phil Browne

    • admin says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Phil. It’s amazing how easy it is to make small improvements which, as you quite rightly say, are good for the environment and save you money into the bargain!

  • Jeremy Hood says:

    Eliminating the drafts in your house seems so simple, I wonder why it is not advertised more.

    I use these on my front door and by my air conditioning unit but I bet I could utilize some more around the house.

    I definitely could use some more saving on my energy bill!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jeremy. The front door and the AC unit are great places to start!

      I bet you could find a few more drafts to block off elsewhere in the house though (I know I found plenty).

  • Neil says:

    I think I’ve tried so many different ways to save energy in my home and cut down on energy bills. Somke haven’t been very effective, where as others have saved me a little money.

    Door draft exluders had never really crossed my mind, and it’s quite funny how we sometimes don’t think of the most obvious things, lol.

    I really like the idea of using excluders for my doors, and I especiallly like the fact that I can get them in different designs too.

    Thanks for extra energy saving help!

    Neil

    • admin says:

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      Door draft excluders are a very cheap, quick and easy way to cut down on drafts and save a little money. You’ll feel a bit cosier too!

  • Linda says:

    Hi Jim,
    You’re so right! My utility bill is a very large chunk of my monthly budget, and it sure makes sense to invest a bit of effort to try and economize. I’ve taken care of the drafts around the doors. But what I haven’t done is cover my AC units. You just motivated me to check for drafts, and I can see that it’s a problem that’s costing me money. I need to take care of this right away. Thanks for the great tips!

    • admin says:

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re right, the utility bill is a big chunk of everybody’s budget each month. Doesn’t matter much where you live – you either have to pay to keep the house warm or pay to keep it cool!

      Do have a look into potential drafts around your AC unit. It doesn’t take long to fix and you’ll save money (and feel a bit warmer too)!

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