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I’m forever trying to find ways to save money. I also like to do my bit for the environment.

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Simple to make, fun for the kids and saves you money: a home-made draught excluder.

With this in mind, my daughters and I have been busy making a draught excluder to cut down our energy use. We made it as part of a campaign run by @SmartEnergyGB. SmartEnergyGB is the national campaign for the smart meter rollout with a vital role to play in educating us how to use meters so we can get our gas and electricity use under control

The campaign aims to demonstrate fun and simple steps we can all take to reduce our energy use.  In our case, this has involved creating a sheep-themed draught excluder.

We made a video of our efforts. You can watch it by following this link to my Facebook page.

You may be wondering why sheep-themed? The reasons are two-fold. First of all, both my kids are very keen on farm animals. Granny lives on a partially working farm so there are often sheep in the fields when we visit.

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Helen and Izzy hard at work, helping me make our draught excluder.

Secondly, sheep make wool, and this is used to make jumpers that keep us warm. We felt that made a good link.

Before starting this task, I looked around on Pinterest for inspiration. I saw a variety of very elaborate draught excluders but eventually settled on this design as it is both fun and simple to make.

Here’s how you can make your own draught excluder.

What you’ll need

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All you need to make this exculder: An old pair of trousers, some old clothes to use as filling, iron on letters and some sheep toys to decorate plus a needle and thread.

  • An old pair of jeans
  • Something to fill the draught excluder (in our case we re-used old clothes that no longer fitted Helen and Izzy).
  • Iron or sew-on letters
  • Needle and thread to sew up either end of the draught excluder
  • Small, sheep toys to decorate the draught excluder.

How to make the draught excluder

Making the draught excluder is very simple. Here are the instructions:

  • You need to cut one of the legs of the trousers. Turn it inside out and sew up the rough end (IE the end you cut).
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Sewing up the rough end of the now dismembered trouser leg.

  • Turn the leg the right way round again and mark up on the front where you plan to put your letters. Stitch or sew on as required.
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Ironing on the letters. You can sew them on if you prefer.

  • Stuff the draught excluder with its filling and sew up the open end.
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Reusing and recycling old clothes to fill the draught excluder.

  • The time has now come to decorate the draught excluder. In our case, we sewed on some toy sheep. Once you have decorated the excluder, it is finished and you can start using it!
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Helen gets the draught excluder ready for the sheep to be sewn on.

Easy to customise

We chose to make a sheep-themed draught excluder. You can, however, use whatever you like to decorate the excluder: toy dogs, cats, elephants etc.

We even saw one example where someone had knitted some elaborate model houses and attached them to the draught excluder. You are also free to spell out whatever words you like.

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Guarding the doorway and keeping our home that bit warmer (for the eagle-eyed, yes the sheep have changed position, we moved them around a few times until we settled on the way they’re posiiton in the top picture).

A bit more about smart meters

Our funky new fraught excluder will help us reduce draughts in our house. Even so, we have been using a smart meter for the best part of a year. It’s a great way to monitor gas and electricity consumption in real time and it helped us enormously cut down our energy costs. Combined, I’m sure our smart meter and draught excluder will help enormously.

What energy saving tips do you have? Do you have any great energy saving tips? I’m always keen to hear what other people do so please do leave a comment below with your own ideas.

 

Disclosure: This post was produced in partnership with Smart Energy GB.

 

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2 Comments

  1. January 24, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Fantastic idea… the finished product looks great… save the planet and save some money too. Will give it a go at my house too.

    • John Adams
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      January 26, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      I hope you do give it a go Asif. It was so easy, much easier than I expected and the kids love it. Of course, the main reason was to save money, resources and the environment.