Cheap Winter Home Solutions

As winter approaches and heating costs rise, my husband and I are constantly working on winter-proofing our 1930’s home (that we don’t think has insulation in the walls – cringe!).

After many hours of research, we’ve implemented the below DIY (and relatively cheap) winter home solutions. I wanted to share these with you so that you may, too, apply them and/or share with others. Of all the possibilities, we found these as the simplest, most cost-effective winterizing tips that will last for years to come.

Attic insulation. We rented an insulator from Lowe’s, which was $50 to rent for the day and required a $150 deposit that was refunded upon return of the unit. We researched how much insulation we’d need for the square footage of the attic, and which type, and purchased more than enough bricks. There is now about a foot and a half of insulation in the attic, which almost instantly helped the upper level temperature. A bit of an investment, but will certainly last for years. Total cost: $200

Plexiglass for patio screens. We researched how best to cover our open screens on the patio so snow wouldn’t fly in and to reserve heat from diffusing from the house right into the screened area (thus outside). The cheapest, most effective option seemed to be plexiglass. Fitted to the size of each opening, with a wood perimeter around each one to keep it in place on the frame (according to research, wood seemed to hold up against wind better than magnets or Velcro). These are easy to pop in each year. Total cost: $95
(Please ignore the terrible framing – this is a project for another blog post next Spring!)

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Door dusters. They aren’t the prettiest, but do these work great! We found large drafts coming from our front door, front closet door, and patio doors. Each of these guys cost $4 a piece and make a world of difference. Total cost: $16

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Curtains for bay window. Another spot we realized a big draft was coming through. I was able to find these cute, thicker curtains on Walmart.com for $10 each and a simple curtain rod at Target. Pair this with some cheap hardware pieces, and voila! We no longer have to freeze while sitting on the couch. Total cost: $45

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As the upstairs windows also have a draft coming though, I’m working on getting curtains for them as well. Once complete, we expect to see a decently cheaper gas bill than the last (before any of the above were implemented). Stay tuned!

Do you have additional suggestions to help reserve heat in the home? Please comment!

-thrifty hollander

 

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