Save energy with some handy DIY hints

If your tool box is hibernating for the winter, it might be a good idea to dust it off as there are a host of simple tasks that can save energy.

The first step is to identify heat loss zones. These are spots that let heat escape the home and are normally in places such as:

  • Doorways
  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Wooden floors
  • Window sills and panes
  • Baseboards
  • Fireplaces

A good way of checking for air leaks is to light a candle around these spots. If the air quivers, there is a draft that needs fixing!

Some of the easiest and cheapest ways to fix these draughts are:

  • Latex sealant (good for windows and bathroom appliances)
  • Weather stripping (good for external doors)
  • Door sweeps
  • Basement and attic insulation
  • Chimney sweep

Other DIY jobs that will help your home heat up more efficiently and allow you to turn the heating down include:

  • Using low flow shower heads
  • Use a water tank blanket
  • Use pipe sleeves, particularly in unheated sections of the home
  • Sew in curtain magnets to stop draughts creeping in

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