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Free Workshop gives Draughty Homes the Cold Shoulder

Published Monday, 28 September 2015

Householders in Ribble Valley are invited to give draughty homes the cold shoulder at a free draught-proofing workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, Clitheroe, on Tuesday 20 October.

It will outline simple steps to make homes warmer and reduce energy bills, particularly detecting draughts, improving ventilation and preventing damp.

Energy advisor Andrew Northcott of Cumbria Action for Sustainability will also demonstrate how to select and fit the most effective draught-proofing products, such as window and door seals, chimney balloons and radiator reflector panels.

Ribble Valley Borough Council housing officer John Barber said: “No-one likes to live in a draughty house. Apart from the discomfort, it is a waste of money if the air that you have paid to heat simply escapes through the gaps in your property.

“Most houses have cracks and gaps through which warm air escapes and cold air seeps in, for example between and around floorboards, around windows and doors, through the letterbox, where pipework comes through external walls, around the loft hatch and around electrical fittings.

“Draught-proofing is easy and, as householders will discover at this free workshop, a bit of DIY can go a long way in plugging the gaps and keeping homes cosy.”

The workshop starts at 7pm and includes light refreshments. Entry is free, but places must be pre-booked with John Barber at Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

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