Does bubble wrapping windows really work? Here's our verdict — plus other hacks to keep the heating off

A man applying bubble wrap to his windows
An energy saving hack is draught proofing with bubble wrap (Image credit: Getty)

Bubble wrapping windows — could this hack really stop you reaching for the thermostat this winter? Or is the idea just a load of hot air? Homeowners trying to keep their heating turned firmly off for longer this winter might be curious about whether certain draught proofing ideas can help.

Anything from using bubble wrap on your windows to putting a balloon up your chimney have been touted as cheap, easy ways to save on heating bills. But how many of these energy saving tips actually work? 


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Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.