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9. Does your household eliminate draughts? (e.g., around doors, windows, etc.)



The three actions on this page do cost money, but they can greatly reduce heating and cooling emissions and costs, so it is money well-spent.

Stopping draughts is a quick and easy DIY task. You can use weather-seal tape to eliminate gaps around windows and doors. You can place a "Draft Stoppa" over ceiling exhaust fans. The light-weight flaps automatically drop down when the fan is switched off so that cold air does not drop into your house from the roof-space.

 

10. Does your household have good ceiling/roof insulation?



Depending on where you live, good insulation can keep a house up to 10ºC cooler in summer and 5ºC warmer in winter, and save 45-55% of the emissions that would otherwise result from heating and cooling. (In hot humid areas, ventilation can be more important than insulation.) The way your house is constructed will determine what insulation you need and the options you have. For many houses, ceiling and/or roof insulation is possible and extremely beneficial. You might also be able to have insulation in your walls and under your floor. See Insulation for detailed information on choosing insulation.

 

11. Does your household have good window insulation?



Up to 40% of heating can be lost through windows, so good window insulation greatly reduces the amount of heating you need. Heavy floor-length curtains or blinds with some sort of pelmets reduce heat loss on cold nights because they prevent the layer of cold air next to the glass from circulating to the rest of the room.

Double-glazing reduces heat loss (and gain) through windows. This is normally very expensive, but there are also cheaper DIY methods of installing an extra layer of glass. Or, you can use Clear Comfort film to create a sealed air space between the glass and the room. For inconspicuous windows, you can even stick on bubble-wrap. This insulates the glass well without blocking much light. If you are building or renovating, the Windows Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) website has detailed information on types of insulating glass and window frames that provide much better insulation than standard windows

 

 

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