We all want to save a little money where we can right? After all, if we can trim our expenses and reduce monthly bills we’ll be able to spend more on the things that are really important to us.
Money Saving Mondays will be a continuing series where we share realistic, actionable tips that you can use right away to start saving money immediately.
Some may only save a few bucks, others may save you a small fortune over time.
So let’s kick it off with our first money saving tip: cutting your heating bill by insulating windows with inexpensive plastic film available at any home improvement store.
Our current home is insulated very well and not much cold air gets through the windows in the winter. That’s great for me because the house stays toasty warm while using only a little bit of heat.
This is in stark contrast to our old home where the windows were old and about as effective as a sieve. If you sat near any of the windows in that house you would actually feel a breeze as if the window were actually open. This left a constant chill in the house as soon as the heat stopped pumping and it was downright uncomfortable (not too mention expensive with the heat blasting all the time).
Since replacing all the windows in the house would be way too expensive and just not in my budget, I decided to keep the cold air out by using an inexpensive window insulation kit containing double-sided tape and thin, clear sheets of plastic.
The kit itself is easy to use in just a few simple steps:
- Clean the windowsill and molding around the window with some all-purpose cleaner. Wipe away and loose dirt and dust.
- Place a strip of the double-sided tape around the four sides of the window.
- Attach the plastic sheet to the double-sided tape so the entire window is covered.
- Use an ordinary hair drier to heat the plastic so it shrinks and removes all the creases and wrinkles.
- Trim off any loose plastic at the ends.
That’s all there is to it! It takes just a few minutes for each window and you’ll see an immediate difference in your heating bill.
Here’s a video I found on YouTube…it shows exactly how to insulate your windows step by step: