An old pair of tights could save you extra money and lower your energy bills, a DIY expert has revealed.
With the cost of living rising, millions of people will be looking for ways to keep their energy costs as low as possible – and TikTok user Laura de Barra knows exactly how.
His videos on reducing bills and insulating your home are a lifesaver for many of us who rely on tips and tricks to keep our costs down.
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In its latest DIY Expert, TikTok explained the cheapest ways to keep your home insulated – including a way to mimic double glazing.
TikTok user Laura first suggested buying secondary window film, which looks a bit like cling film but is designed to prevent heat loss.
It could be a cost-effective solution for those who can’t afford double glazing, or those renting or in older homes, reports MEN.
“When you open the package it will almost look like cling film,” explained Laura, who is the author of the DIY Gaff Goddess bible.
“You’re going to get tape to help you secure it to the window. Follow the instructions on the box.
“Apply your tape around the glass, put the plastic film on.”
Laura didn’t recommend any particular window film, and if you shop around you’ll see that they vary in price.
The Mirror found a pack on Amazon costing £2.75 for a sheet measuring 19cm by 13.5cm by 2cm, and another on Wickes for £4 for 5.93 square meters of film.
Laura then went on to explain how you will need to use a hair dryer to tighten the film so that it stays in place. The film must be transparent.
“You will be able to see well out of the window. I love them. I swear by them,” Laura said.
“It’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your home insulated.”
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Laura went to explain how your home can also lose a lot of heat through floorboards – but luckily there is an easy fix for drafts.
She recommended buying a flat-weave rug because it has a tighter construction, which means less air is likely to pass through.
“They’re cheaper – you get a lot more carpet for your money. The denser the carpet, the less air can get through it,” she explained.
For windows and doors, Laura explained how you can make your own draft excluders to keep cold air out and hot air out, for free.
This trick involves using an old pair of pantyhose and then stuffing them with old clothes, rags, socks, or any other scraps of old fabric you have lying around.
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Once you’ve stuffed your log, you’ll then need to sew or tie it, then place it where the cold air enters – this will likely be at the base of your front door or your window sill .
“You can make them as gorgeous as you want. You can match them to your windows. They don’t have to be just boring and black,” Laura said.
“You just have to make sure what they’re filled with is dense to keep hot air out.”
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