Before you start winterizing your wardrobe, you may want to consider what it’s going to take to get your apartment home on the same page. That’s right, a cold climate means not only prepping and dressing yourself for the elements, but it also means getting your apartment conditioned for the cold climates ahead. After all, we’d love for you to have a few bucks left over for a super stylish and comfy Burton jacket. Because we would rather you have a wonderful winter wardrobe . unnecessary utility charges, consider this quick fix list to winterizing your apartment in 3 steps.
Check Your List
First things first, assess what you already have! Before going out to purchase new or unnecessary items, be sure to double check your current inventory. This includes current wardrobe and home items. Many people would be amazed at what having a space heater, a few blankets or a few rugs can do. Items like these can make such a difference when accounting for heating bill costs. Throw a couple of jackets, socks, and hats in the mix and you’re sure to find yourself in a lot warmer position than you would be otherwise. After all, what it really comes down to is maintaining a balanced comfort level. If you that your inventory is low, try borrowing some of these items. Maybe your neighbors or friends have extra or perhaps they are looking to consolidate. If you must buy, try hunting on Ebay or Craigslist first.
Cover Your Cracks
When the only option is to run the heater, be aware of the open spaces between your doors and windows. Older apartments especially, are sometimes the worst offenders when it comes to poor insulation. If left untouched, untouched ‘breathing’ spots around doors and windows can act as energy culprits when it comes to wasted heat and high winter utilities. Rest assured, there is a helpful solution to this madness. For doors, utilize a draft snakel between any floor and door crack. Doing this will help prevent air from escaping. For windows, all you need is a sheet of plastic or bubble wrap, duct tape, and a blow dryer. Cover the window thoroughly with the plastic, seal with the tape, and hit it with the dryer one good time to create a tight seal. Extra brownie points if the window is then protected by blinds or curtains. Note: you can uncover during the day to allow for natural heat to enter, but be sure to recover before nightfall.
Did you know something as simple as an electrical outlet or fan can be a major energy waste? Good news is there are a few energy savvy solutions to help you shield against the elements! For starters, by simply rotating your fan in a clockwise direction you too can enjoy the effects of slightly warmer wind currents. As far as your electrical outlets go, check out foam insulation. If you are in fact renting or have had no prior experience DIYing foam insulation yourself, you may want to consult with a specialist before doing so on your own.