What we do
DraughtBusters provide free practical help to people struggling to pay their heating bills because their homes are cold and draughty.
Our team of team of experienced volunteers help people with draughty homes and given advice on how to manage heating systems and reduce their energy use.
Alongside proving in house support for those in need, we provide wider awareness and guidance for all through our website, talks, videos and book.
We also train volunteers to become DraughtBusters themselves and help set-up other groups
Overview on draughtproofing and insulating to reduce heat loss at home
Reading Borough Council awarded a grant to Transition Town Reading in 2012 to fund the materials for a DraughtBusters project. That was the start of Reading DraughtBusters.
Growing the team and impact
We built up a team of experienced volunteers who over the years have helped many people with draughty homes, alongside giving advice in person and online on how to manage their heating systems and reduce their energy use.
Sharing our approach
Since late 2021 we have helped set up multiple groups in the towns surrounding Reading and are looking to start more DraughtBusting Hubs in Reading itself.
Who we help
The DraughtBusters draughtproofing service targets those living in energy poverty, we will help others too if they ask.
Many are referred to DraughtBusters through the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Council’s Winter Watch scheme, local debt advice agencies, GPs, churches and charities. Others used to contact us directly, often because they’ve been told about us by someone who has previously been helped by DraughtBusters.
If you’d like more information on draughtproofing then you are in the right place, our DraughtBusters website holds a lot of good information about how to do it yourself.
How we help
During a typical DraughtBuster visit, the team will first go round and look for any obvious areas for draughts, consult you about what needs to be done and then, if you agree, carry out the necessary draughtproofing measures there and then.
Before we leave we will give advice on other measures that can be taken. The visits generally last ninety minutes, and the cost of any materials is covered by us, our budget is sometimes topped up by donations from happy customers.
As we bulk buy and in many cases deal directly with the manufacturer, even with material price increases the average cost per home for the materials used by DraughtBusters is around £30, as of 2022. This can result in savings on energy bills of more than ten times this amount!