If you can’t afford to install double-glazed windows or thoroughly insulate your house to increase your indoor temperatures this winter, don’t fret. There are other, less expensive alternatives that can still help you lower your energy bills and keep your home warmer during this cold season.
- Use tin foil behind radiators to help prevent heat from exiting through the walls by reflecting the heat back towards the room.
- Use thick curtains, such as those with thermal lining, to prevent heat from escaping through windows.
- Keep window shades and curtains open during the day to let sunshine and heat in.
- If you can’t afford double-glazing, install film on windows to minimize heat loss. Adhesive foam strips, as well as metal or plastic strips with brushes or wipers, can also be used to help seal gaps around windows and doors.
- Use a chimney balloon to prevent heat from escaping through open fireplaces.
- Pay attention to mini-drafts in places like letter boxes, keyholes, and pet doors.
- Close the doors in unused rooms to help contain heat in a smaller area.
- Cover exposed floor boards, which can also be source of heat loss.
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