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A Ridiculously Simple Way to Keep Your House Warm

A Ridiculously Simple Way to Keep Your House Warm


In the winter, bitterly cold temperatures can take a major hit on your utility bills. But what’s the alternative — freeze? Wear gloves and a hat to bed? It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There’s a really, really easy way to keep your home warmer and save money. You don’t even need to make a trip to the hardware store!

Roll a beach towel or an unused blanket up, and tie it together with a few pieces of fabric scraps or string. Place the towel at the cracks of particularly drafty doors and windows. Because anywhere from 5 to 30% of your home’s energy is lost due to drafts. This simple trick will make a big difference in keeping your house warm.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:03PM PDT on Jul 25, 2015

Or better yet get removable caulking designed just for that, sealing cracks in drafty windows. I did it to all my windows for the winter.

4:58AM PDT on Jul 25, 2015

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4:25AM PDT on Jul 25, 2015

Use all of the above, but do consider making an inexpensive solar space heater, together with a heat storage unit if you have sunshine available near your home. Here is a link:

Have a look at several of the videos. If you are handy, do it yourself. If you are not, get a handy friend to build and fit one for you. You can always shout a beer or cook a meal for them!

8:53PM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Great idea.

1:17AM PST on Jan 1, 2015

lol...yeah that's another tidbit... repurpose your bubble wrap on those windows and makes for excellent insolate!! Happy New Year!!!

12:25PM PST on Dec 31, 2014

Thanks for the tips. Just because I live in Central Texas does not mean that we don't have cold weather. We are now in for some very, cold and freezing weather and people don't know how to drive. God help us.

12:27AM PST on Dec 31, 2014

Sounds like a new 'shabby-chic' fashion. Double-glazing really works the best.

But then one still has to deal with freezing cold that comes in from the old concrete basement (a Canadian special) so the local solution is simply to use more and more and more energy - instead of building homes with proper insulation.

10:42AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

my flat i so cold damp dark and miz a homeless person told me he'd b more comfortable on chelsea embankment

3:54AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

I made my own draft rolls out of old towels and cheap white rice. They work great.

3:35AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

Draft excluders can be quite decorative. You could, for instance, sew a smiley, snakey face on or add fabric ears, eyes, nose and a tail onto yours to make it look like a sausage dog.

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