DIY expert explains easy £2.75 double glazing tip to cut your energy bills

TikTok user Laura de Barra is the author of the Gaff Goddess DIY Bible and recommends buying a secondary glazing film, which looks a bit like cling film but is designed to prevent heat loss

Laura de Barra talks about her energy saving tips
Laura de Barra talks about her energy saving tips

Energy bill is on the rise, meaning many families across the UK are looking for ways to reduce their costs.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm without breaking the bank — or reaching for that thermostat.

A DIY expert took to TikTok to explain the cheapest ways to keep your home insulated – including how to mimic double glazing.

TikTok First time user Laura de Barra suggested purchasing a secondary laminated film, which looks a bit like laminate but is designed to prevent heat loss.

It can be a cost effective solution for those who cannot afford double glazing, or who are renting or living in older homes.

Laura also discusses how to create your own draft excluder



Laura, author of the Gaff Goddess Bible, explains: “When you open the package, it’s almost like a movie stick.

“You will get tape that will help you secure it to the window. Follow the instructions on the box.

“Put your tape around the frame, pop the plastic film on.”

Laura doesn’t recommend a particular type of glazing, and if you shop around, you’ll find they vary in price.

We found a pack on Amazon for £2.75 for a 19cm x 13.5cm x 2cm sheet and another on Wickes for £4 for 5.93 square metres.

Laura then explains how you’ll need to use a hair dryer to tighten the film so it stays in place. The film must be transparent.

“You should be able to look out the window just fine. I love them. I swear to them,” Laura said.

“They’re one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your home insulated.”

Laura explained how your home can also lose a lot of heat through the floorboards – but luckily, there’s an easy fix for drafts.

She recommends buying a flat woven rug, as this rug is made up of a tighter texture – meaning less air is likely to get through.

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“They are cheaper – you get more rugs for your money. The denser the carpet, the less air can pass through it,” she explains.

For windows and doors, Laura explains how you can create your own windscreens to keep cold and warm air out for free.

This tip involves taking an old pair of tights and then stuffing them with old clothes, rags, socks, or any other piece of old material you have.

After you’ve finished stuffing the exclusion, you’ll need to sew or tie it up, then place it where cold air is blowing in – this could be at the base of your front door or the edge of your window.

“You can make these as gorgeous as you want. You can make them to fit your window. Laura said.

“You just have to make sure what they’re filled with is dense to prevent warm air from escaping.”

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