One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is by draught proofing your home. This will help to prevent cold air from coming inside your home and warm air escaping, meaning that you will use less energy to heat your home.
Windows can be the biggest source of draughts in your home. Filling gaps between the frames with self adhesive foam strips can be an inexpensive way to start draught proofing your home.
If you have a chimney in your home, they can be very draughty. If your chimney is unused, you could consider installing a chimney cap - this is fitted over the chimney pot to keep cold air out. Alternatively, you could use a chimney draught excluder which acts like a balloon, inflated inside the chimney to keep out any cold air.
Floorboards can also be a common place where heat can escape and cold air can enter your home, especially from the ground floor. You can use a silicone-based filler to fill in the gaps to prevent this from happening.
It is estimated that installing draught proofing measures in an average UK home, could save each household around £60 per year on heating bills.
Should I draught proof all areas of my home?
Make sure that you keep outside ventilation in areas where there are open flames and in rooms where moisture is produced such as kitchens and bathrooms.
There are some areas in your home that will require ventilation - it is wise not to seal kitchen and bathroom windows - the gaps in the windows will let out steam and reduce the risk of damp. Instead, you can seal the inner doors to these rooms so that when the doors are closed, you know the heat from other rooms in your home is not escaping.