Insulation experiments

November 20, 2008

Cheap, Home 'Improvement'

Tacky, tacky, tacky.

Yes, they are towels.

First, regarding my heating experiments, the parts of the house where we actually live and work are quite comfortable. Don’t ask Lloyd.

Second, I believe I covered the whole heating/insulation/plastic-over-the-windows-is-a-joke topic last year.  I had a comforter over the windows last year, and am trying towels nailed and clamped with hair clips.  Nobody sees these windows except us.  And Brad – but he doesn’t care.

Third, I am certifiably crazy.  I’ve been keeping track of our gas bills for the past three years.  Having a low heating bill has become a game, and I’m gonna win.

Fourth: Laugh all you like. It’s 11 degrees warmer on this side.

It may look cold, but it really is.

Holy smokes!

And for my mom, don’t fret.  I’m typing this at the computer and it’s much warmer where I’m sitting.

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11 Responses to “Insulation experiments”

  1. Brad Said on:

    That’s got to be marketable.

    “Simply attach these frames to the inside edges of your windows, and clip the towels in place. Towels sold separately.”


  2. Deanne Said on:

    Sooo, at the risk of getting in trouble with Lauren…

    Lloyd, how are the heating experiments going?


  3. Deanne Said on:

    But, don’t you type on the computer downstairs, and isn’t that upstairs?


    • Lauren Said on:

      Yeah, the computer is downstairs. The door to the upstairs is usually closed, so the kitchen/dining room is right around 68/70. My theory is: if I can surround these two rooms with dead air spaces, we can survive the whole winter on one tealight!


  4. Deborah Said on:

    When I was a kid, the rooms where we slept would get so cold, our cups of water on our bedside tables would freeze. So now I LOVE sleeping in a cool room.


  5. Mark Said on:

    Ummm…they make these things called ‘insulated’ windows. Two or three panes of glass, some nitrogen or other inert gas in between the panes, E-rated so they sound ‘tech-y’.

    Or would that reduce the challenge too much?


    • Lauren Said on:

      We were just talking about that today. We’ve been saving money for windows, but as Lloyd says, “In these troubled financial times, perhaps we should just keep the money in the bank for now.” He sounds like a commercial, eh?

      Plus, when we get new windows I’m going to have to scrape and paint the surrounding woodwork, and that sounds like zero fun.


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