Aldi is selling £2 draught excluders that could knock £20 a year off your energy bills

ALDI is selling draught excluders for £1.99 that could save you up to £20 a year on your energy bills.

The supermarket is stocking six different types of bargain draught excluders that will reduce the amount of heat that escapes your home.

By keeping the heat inside, you won't need to turn the thermostat up so high and therefore you'll save cash on your heating bill.

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) reckons that it could shave up to £20 a year off your bills if you live in a semi-detached property in England, Scotland or Wales.

The industry group estimates that you could even save an extra £15 if you draught-proof the chimney if your home has one.

It cost around £200 to professionally completely insulate your home, including fitting double glazing windows, so any DIY cost-saving tips will help your wallet.


Stephen Murray, energy expert at MoneySuperMarket said: "As we become more reliant on our heating systems, particularly while so many of us are working from home during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to think about how you can save money on your energy bills.

"Simple home improvements such as adding a draught excluder for a couple of quid can really add up to a decent saving over a year."

Which type of draught excluder you will need depends on where you'll be putting it and what size you need.

Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, said: "One of the best ways you can draught-proof your home is by fitting door seals between the door itself and the frame.

"For gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor, you can buy a special 'brush' or hinged flap draught excluder."

For example, Aldi's double sided foam draught excluder can be slipped onto the bottom of any inside doors to close the gap to the floor.

It measures 95cm x 10cm x 2.5cm and doesn't need any adhesive for it to stay in place.

Alternatively, you can opt for the PVC version with has a brush along the bottom, that's suitable for gaps of up to 20mm between the door and the floor.

This one will need to be stuck onto the bottom of your door but Aldi says it's easy to apply.

There's a felt version of the PVC draught excluder too, but the soft edge is only 15mm meaning the heat will still escape if the gap between the door and floor is bigger than this.

How to save on your energy bills

SWITCHING energy providers can sound like hassle – but fortunately it’s pretty straight forward to change supplier – and save lots of cash.

Shop around – If you're on an SVT deal you are likely throwing away more than £300 a year. Use a comparion site such as MoneySuperMarket.com, uSwitch or EnergyHelpline.com to see what deals are available to you.

The cheapest deals are usually found online and are fixed deals – meaning you'll pay a fixed amount usually for 12 months.

2. Switch – When you've found one, all you have to do is contact the new supplier.

It helps to have the following information – which you can find on your bill –  to hand to give the new supplier.

  • Your postcode
  • Name of your existing supplier
  • Name of your existing deal and how much you pay
  • An up-to-date meter reading

It will then notify your current supplier and begin the switch.

It should take no longer than three weeks to complete the switch and your supply won't be interrupted in that time.

If your door is an awkward width, you may be better off buying the transparent draught excluder which can be cut down to whatever size you need.

The supermarket is also selling two white P and E profile draught excluder that can be cut down to fit the edges of your window.

The P and E refers to the shape and size of the tape. For example, the E-profile is smaller suitable for gaps between 2mm ad 3.5mm.

P-profile is for medium gaps that are between 3mm and 5mm.

Each of the products cost £1.99, making them a real bargain compared to other stores.

The cheapest draught seal from Homebase is a PVC brush one and it costs £4, while a 6 metre length of self-adhesive draught seal costs £4.79 from B&Q.

Stephen points out that switching your energy supplier could save households up to £286 a year, especially if you've slipped onto a standard or default tariff.

He added: "On top of switching your supplier, if you can get access to a Green Energy Grant, it is definitely worthwhile making energy efficient improvements, which will be a great edition to your home and help you save money."

 

 

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