I’m gazing out of rain splattered window and it’s fairly clear that winter, if not actually here, is loitering round the corner ready to pounce.
|Secret ingredients to neat sealing|
It really was an easy fix and has made such a difference to the comfort of the bathroom.
Next was the cupboard under the stairs where cool breezes were escaping from, presumably, under the house, round the gaps in the door and into the hall.
The treatment for this problem was nailing draught excluder strips around the door and draught excluder brushes at the bottom. Once again, a quick fix.
|Lightly nailed in place before being given a proper hammering.|
|Look, an action shot. Mind your fingers.|
|And the finished result looks pretty neat too.|
Obviously, it’s fairly important to remember to shut the doors that have now got draught proofing on them – but you don’t need me to say that. Right?
A key spot where Tom identified a draught was under the kitchen units. They have the standard kick plates, but they weren’t sealed of insulated at all. This means that heat could find its way out through the floorboards and vents.
Marcelo used lengths of insulation to fill the space. If you remember to wear gloves and use a dust mask, this stuff isn’t difficult to work with. Think of it as putting a cosy jumper on your house.
|This stuff isn’t as fluffy as it looks, so take care.|
Then Marcelo replaced the kick plates and sealed them with silicon. Obviously, if they need to be removed, you’ll need to seal them again.
In our downstairs loo, there’s a large hole around where the waste pipe goes through the wall. I had no idea it was there until Tom’s draught test discovered it. So now Marcelo has filled it with insulation.
All of this work really did look very straightforward and didn’t require any specialist knowledge or equipment. LEAP has advice and information about draught busting.
Is it worth it?
Previously I’ve been a bit flummoxed by the hundreds of bits of information on the subject. For a start it all seemed like a lot of hard work and I had no idea if it would be cancelled out by simply leaving the fridge door open for a couple of hours.
So Tom came back with his draught machine.
And this time we scored 13.3! This is a huge improvement for what really weren’t very significant measures. This improvement will be reflected in our fuel bills, hopefully, rendering them not quite as scary as they have been.
Of course, these improvements are ‘fixed’ things, but the biggest energy-saving improvements still will come from changes in behaviour, such as remembering to shut the curtains and blinds as soon as it gets dark.
Thanks to Tom, Marcelo and the team at LEAP for helping us to get ready for winter. LEAP offers free home energy tests to local householders.