Many households will be paying 10–15% more than they should on their heating bill because of draughts, and when a lack of insulation is also an issue, that figure goes up. However, many draughts are easily fixed, and for a little outlay, a considerable sum can be saved. Insulation can often be installed by the homeowner and lead to a substantial reduction in heating bills. This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of draughtproofing and insulation, with principles and techniques that can be applied in all homes.

Can be ordered from the Crowood press and other good bookstores


Who would have guessed that the topic ‘draughtproofing’ could be both fascinating and hugely useful; but Tony Cowling has achieved both goals. The book is superbly illustrated and not only reveals all the most common sources of draught but how to fix them for under £30 in most cases — and that’s the cost for the whole house.  Most  householders could save hundreds of pounds each year of lost heat, and only the most basic DIY skills are required. Every house should have a copy!

Professor John Mann , Shrewsbury

Everyone could benefit from reading this book, whether on a budget or looking for full home energy overhaul. The book comprehensively guides the reader on what to look for, how to prioritise and plan works. But it also covers the basics: tips and actions to avoid issues occurring, maintenance and rectification.

For those interested in a more advanced understanding, there are good explanations for the layman. The book has inspired me to look again at my home and what can be done to improve energy efficiency, and it will become a useful reference for years to come

Paul B – diligent homeowner, Reading UK