How can you fight chills and reduce utility bills with an old pair of socks and kitty litter? Make your own door draft stoppers.
Eliminating drafts is one of the easiest things you can do to winterize your home. And, it can save you a good chunk of change. According to the US Department of Energy, drafts can consume 5% to 30% of home energy usage. Plus, 11% of a home's heat loss is through doors and windows.
Door draft stoppers (or draft snakes) are fabric tubes placed under a door or on a windowsill to prevent cold air from sneaking in. Draft snakes were common during the Great Depression, and at other times when budgets were tight. They are easy to make, cheap to buy and a great way to save energy and money. For a full step-by-step tutorial, check out Crafty Llama.
The simplest approach to draft reduction is to place a rolled up bath towel at the base of a drafty door. Or, you can make your own DIY draft snake in four simple steps with common items around your house. Here’s how:
1) Use a measuring tape to determine the length of the drafty door or windowsill.
2) Find an old sock or pair of tights and fill it with sand or kitty litter.
3) Sew the ends closed tightly so the contents don’t escape onto your floor.
4) Get creative. Add googly eyes, glitter, or a felt tongue to make it look more like a snake (or other animal).
If you’re not feeling crafty, check out the selection of draft snakes on Etsy. Regardless of your preference for crochet reptiles or draft-dodging wiener dogs, you’re sure to find something that fits your style and budget ($2.99 and up).