As the weather gets colder I am finding more places where I am feeling a draft… and I’m not happy about it. So, to stop this cold air I decided to make some cheap and easy draft snakes, or draft dodgers or a threshold insulators. What these are is something that is placed where air from the cold outside gets through to the inside. In my home I use it in the kitchen in an area under the sink that is not enclosed and where cold air pours into the house from poor insulation that I won’t be able to get to unless I pull all the cabinetry out (I won’t show you a picture of that – because my floor needs a washing and I just don’t feel like doing that at the moment), and in my office up against my old windows as a buffer.
What you need:
- Rice or dried beans
- A sock – preferably a knee high – without holes… use the one left after the washing machine has eaten its mate. Or, if you have two socks with holes in different areas – they can be doubled-up and used.
That’s it. Take the sock and fill with the rice or beans and tie the end tight. Couldn’t be easier. You may need several socks worth to cover an area (depending upon the size of the sock and the area to be covered) – but still, cheap and an easy way to save on your energy costs. Of course, if you can sew, you can sew a snake form as long as you want, fill it with the rice or beans and use it as an insulator wherever you want.