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Is your house draughty and cold? Is it expensive to heat?

Transition Town Reading’s DraughtBusters project may be able to help! The materials could even be paid for by a grant from Reading Borough Council if you meet certain conditions. The work should only take a couple of hours. If you know of people who need our help please contact Tony Cowling or contact Summreen at Reading Borough Council on (0118) 937 2100.

You can also visit the DraughtBusters website www.draughtbusters.net for more information or keep reading!

If you would like to help people with draught proofing their homes then see information for volunteering below.

See TTR’s draught-proofing in action on BBC South Today!

Volunteering

There is a team of volunteers lead by Tony Cowling currently going out draught busting in Reading. The team visit people’s homes and perform minor repairs and alterations to stop draughts and heat loss. Often this is simple things like blocking up gaps around doors, windows and floorboards.

We are looking for more volunteers, if you would like to help then contact us via the DraughtBusters website.  Some expenses can be reimbursed (with receipts) and Tony or another experienced draught buster will be present at every visit.

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Further Information

The idea behind the project is to enable some of the most needy in our town and who are in the worst energy poverty to live in draught-free homes. Draught-proofing is by far the most cost effective thing to do in terms of saving energy and costs, yet virtually no funding is available for it.

The materials can be paid for by the grant if you are in fuel poverty and the labour is provided by volunteers. We also encourage you to get involved in draught busting your own home so you can pass on the knowledge and skills. We already have some stories to tell and these can be found on our forums.

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We have a group of volunteers to help with the draught-proofing and the team have completed over 35 projects during the 2012-13 winter season and the activity is continuing. See above for more information on how to get involved with volunteering.

It is hoped that the project will be taken up by the general community and as a home is improved some of the beneficiaries will be invited to assist on the next couple of projects, expanding the skills base and driving forward a community-based self-help programme. The idea is that the project will be self-propelling and community-driven. As the necessary materials are fairly cheap progress can be made in the general community where people can afford the materials but haven’t carried out draught-proofing for lack of motivation.

To find out more, contact DraughtBusters

Thank you to Reading Borough Council who kindly provided a grant to fund materials for a draught-proofing project.

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