Draft proofing 'the best form of home improvement'

19th Aug 2011

The best way in which people can improve their property is through draft proofing, according to one expert.

Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, said that draft proofing is not only the most efficient way of improving a home, but also the most cost effective.

His comments followed the publication of a report by npower, which revealed that the company is raising its prices by up to 7.2 per cent for electricity and 15.7 per cent for gas.

However, Mr Leech said a great way for UK property owners to avoid being stung by high costs is to ensure their home is as energy efficient as it can be.

The expert gave the example that the average semi detached house in the UK has nine bricks out of the wall, explaining that if people add all the gaps together round the doors and windows it is a substantial gap.

He added: "Imagine how large that hole is in the wall and what sort of gale will be blowing through if that was the situation. The cheapest way of insulating your home and improving energy efficiency is to cut out the draft."

Adding cavity and wall insulation is also an excellent means of ensuring energy does not escape, the expert noted.ADNFCR-1286-ID-800705846-ADNFCR

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