How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

Here’s what you need, and how to do it….

What you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Pair of tights
  • Rice (or lentils)
  • Dried lavender
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread

How to do it:

  1. Cut out a piece of material around 3-4cm longer than your door and around 40cm wide. I have used an old grain sack because the fabric is really thick and will wear well.
  2. Fold the right sides of the material together so your piece of fabric is in half lengthwise and press.
  3. Pin one end and the length of your fabric together leaving yourself about a 3cm hem.
  4. Take your needle and thread (or you can use a sewing machine) sew up one end of the rectangle and along the length of the fabric. Back stitching at the beginning and the end to secure your stitches.
  5. Now turn your fabric the right way round so the patterned side of the fabric is facing out.
  6. Take an old pair of tights and fill with the rice or lentils. These are both great fillings to use as they are great insulators and make your draught excluder heavy so it sits on the floor evenly.
  7. You can also add some dried lavender to the filling so the draught excluder smells nice.
  8. Move the filling down your tights by squeezing, so the tights get evenly filled.
  9. Lower the filled tights in to your rectangle and move into place. You might need an extra pair of hands for this.
  10. Take your open end, tuck the fabric in so you have a neat closing and pin.
  11. Hand stitch your end shut.
  12. Your draught excluder is now ready to put in place.

There is also a little video over on Instagram showing all the steps above. Do pop over to Instagram to have a look at how easy it is, you can see it here.

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

I would love to hear any of your tips for staying cosy this Winter. How do you save energy? Happy making, and please share any of the draught excluders that you create.

To find out more about smart meters, head to Smart Energy GB for more details on how to get yours from your energy supplier.


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