Even with the snow, blowing around the house it is not too late to take action to reduce your heating bills this winter.
First, take a look around and see what you missed. This weekend I woke up to the fact that I had overlooked lowering the self-storing storm windows on our bedroom windows. Oops. We like fresh air when it is above freezing outside but that was a month ago. Check all your windows and doors. Pick the one that has the most air sneaking in and do something to stop it.
You can treat the problem from the inside by adding a layer of bubble wrap or clear heat shrink plastic over the whole window. I covered the bathroom window and two upstairs windows in our house with bubble wrap. Working on the inside, I taped it to the edges of the window frame to seal the whole opening.
I had to use two pieces of bubble wrap for each window because all I could find quickly was 24-inch wide rolls. I used clear packaging tape around the edges and to seal the joint in the over lapped bubble wrap.
You can recycle some smaller pieces of bubble wrap buy cutting them to fit each individual pane of glass. Stick them in place by wetting the window with spray window cleaner, and then push the bubble wrap, flat side to the glass. The bubble wrap will stick to the glass like a bunch of small suction cups. This method insulates the window one pane at a time. I prefer covering the whole window because it insulates and seals. Go ahead and do what you can with what you have.
It may be too late for a craft project to make fancy window quilts, but you can hang an old blanket over the window at night. When you put an extra blanket on your bed, add a layer of insulation to your windows.
If snow is blowing in under you door do something to stop it. Use rolled up towels or a store bought draft stopper shoved up against the bottom of the door.
If you heat with oil or propane, you can save money by using electric space heaters to warm up just the rooms that you are using. Save by turning the thermostat down farther on the rest of the house.
Replace or wash your furnace filter today.
Use electric blankets to heat just where people are at night and turn the thermostat down as low as 55.
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