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20 Adorable DIY Draft Snakes Fight Chills: Make one of these colorful door draft stoppers to reduce your heating bills.

20 Adorable DIY Draft Snakes Fight Chills: Make one of these colorful door draft stoppers to reduce your heating bills.

draft snake by sambossarellos from flickr This winter many families are feeling the double pinch of financial worries and high heating costs, and some are being forced to choose between warming their home or filling the gas tank. Luckily, there's an easy way to rediscover what our parents and grandparents did to save money, while reducing our carbon footprint at the same time: draft snakes . Elegantly simple and inexpensive, a door draft stopper or draft snake can be as simple as a rolled bath towel or blanket, placed along the bottom crack of doors and windows. This will help take a bite out of drafts, making rooms more comfortable, and will slow heat loss. In fact, drafts sap home energy use 5 to 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, while 11% of a home's heat loss is through doors and windows. For a tidier look, you can buy ready-made draft snakes (here's a c...

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