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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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10:36AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014


10:02AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thanks for all the tips in the comments. A tip I saw here that I have already done is take painter's drop cloths and make them into curtains. The drop cloths are cheap compared to store bought curtains, and they are a nice neutral cream color. I use them in Florida to cut the heat coming into my house. My electric bill has dropped. I close these like curtains when I go to sleep and when I am at work. When I get home, I can open for light. It is amazing in our summer heat and with all the sunshine when I get home and the house does not feel like an oven. Another thing - in winter these keep the cold out.

9:27AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014


4:30PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:10AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

oh yeah! Replacing weatherstrips every 7 yrs is a good way to update your home and save energy.

8:31PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Thank you!

2:36AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014


9:42AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thank you!

7:29PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

We have always used draft stoppers, they are amazing :)

5:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

A door snake? Haven't they been around since Adam & Eve? - smile.

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