At Home with Lisa: Door draft blockers

It’s getting colder and winter is just around the corner. My energy bill is going to be higher this month, and Avista offers this great video explanation.

I like to find ways to block the drafts coming into my old house, and there are a lot of ways to block the drafts that come through the bottom of doors. I have a door sweep on one of my doors which I installed last year. A couple of weeks ago, I found a draft blocker that slides underneath my door.

This week, I thought I would discuss the easiest of the draft blockers—a simple door draft blocker I bought online for about $20. They come in all price ranges, and my mother has made them for me in the past using some old scraps of fabric and dried beans. This one came with some Velcro I can place at the bottom of my door to keep the blocker over the draft once we leave the house.

This one is super easy to use, just stick two strips of Velcro on the door and add some thumbtacks to them to make sure they stay. Then stick the blocker to the Velcro. We’ve been known to stuff blankets along the bottom of the door, but these blockers are made to fit to a door and aren’t as much of a tripping hazard.

Lisa, an Avista customer, bought her 1910 house because she loved the old-world character, some of which doesn’t make her house very energy efficient. Lisa is sharing her experience on taking some simple do-it-yourself improvements to inspire others to do the same.You’ll find her stories right here every Tuesday morning.

If you need inspiration for do-it-yourself projects this winter to make your home a little less drafty, check out DIY Savings Tips for ideas.

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