Now that the summer is over and fall is here, it is time to think about saving money on that heating bill this winter. If you have an older home or older windows, you may have a problem with a draft that literally has you heating the outdoors. If the budget does not allow for replacement windows, you have several options to help you save money this winter.
1. Window Insulation Kits – this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stop drafts around windows. The kits can be purchased for under $50, less if you only need to do a couple of windows, and it only takes a few minutes to do each window. Within a couple of hours you can have the entire home airtight!
2. Rubber Weather Sealing – this is also fairly inexpensive and easy to do. These kits are available at most DIY stores and do not take long to install. However, the downside to this particular method is the sealing strips can sometimes peel away the paint when they are removed.
3. Draft Snakes – if you want cheap, this is it, but they are not very practical for anything other than the draft on the sill or under the door. This will do nothing to insulate the entire area of the window. This is best used if you know the only area with a draft is where the window meets the bottom of the sill.
4. Layered Curtains – your investment starts to go up here, but this is one of the more attractive ways to insulate your windows. This can also be used in conjunction with some of the other methods to keep the “homey” appearance of the decor. The downside to using layered curtains is they are only effective if they are closed. This will rob you of the natural heating the sun provides during the day.
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