Ribble Valley workshops show how to keep those draughts at bay

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Householders in Ribble Valley are invited to give draughty homes the cold shoulder thanks to three free draught-proofing workshops.

The workshops, at Slaidburn Village Hall on July 2nd and Chipping Village Hall and Park House in Longridge on July 7th, will outline simple steps to make homes warmer and reduce energy bills.

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

Most houses have cracks and gaps through which warm air escapes and cold air seeps in, such as 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.

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.

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

The Slaidburn and Chipping workshops start at 10 am and the Longridge workshop at 2 pm. Refreshments will be served and further details and bookings are available from John Barber at Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.