COP26 and Draught Proofing

With COP26 (26th UN Climate Conference of Parties) currently in full swing, there has never been more focus on what needs to be done to tackle climate change. 

Whilst it is absolutely crucial that changes are needed at Governmental level,  many of us are asking what we can do in our own daily lives to make a real difference.

According to UN Environment’s latest Emissions Gap Report, lifestyle emissions in wealthy countries will have to be cut to 2-2.5 tonnes of CO2 per person to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

About 20% of Australia’s carbon footprint comes from household emissions.  If every Australian could cut that in half, that’s reducing Australia’s footprint by a significant amount.  A growing section of the Australian community are taking climate change into their own hands.  This includes making changes such as eating less red meat, moving superannuation into ethical funds that do not invest in fossil fuels, installing solar panels and heat pumps, and driving and flying less.

One of the most effective ways of cutting your home’s emissions is to draught proof.   Draught proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy – and money – in any type of building.

Controlled ventilation helps reduce condensation and damp, by letting in fresh air when needed.  However, draughts are uncontrolled: they let in too much cold (or hot) air and waste too much heat (or cold if an airconditioned building).

Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered.  You should block most of these.  Windows are one of the main areas you will find a draughts and whilst foam strips work well on some windows, for sliding double hung sash windows foam strips do not work well.  It’s best to fit brush seals designed specifically for those types of windows.  Previously it has been recommended to leave this job to the professionals, but now with some basic DIY skills you can do it yourself,  and that’s where Ecobead comes in.

Draught proofing your windows will drastically reduce your energy bills and whether you live in the cold areas of Victoria or the stifling hot areas further north,  draught proofing will make your home much more comfortable.  And, importantly, helps towards the future of our planet.

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