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« on: October 12, 2006 11:13:44 PM »

I live in a really old 3 flat building. It's made of brick. It's cold, and gas bills get silly.

I know most of the cold comes in from the back door (we can SEE the cracks around it) and the windows (Almost all of the walls are COVERED in windows...cold cold windows).

Today I was thinking I would look into making some thermal-type curtains for them. I already plan on shrink-wrapping the windows when it gets a little colder, or at least is winter for sure. My boyfriend is a smoker, and I am not, and it is good to open the windows some times if I can.

Anyway, before I go out there in search of the perfect "thermal" material, I thought I would run it past you smart ladies (and men...all 3 of you) to see if you have any knowledge nuggets.

Also, the walls are cold. I am almost tempted to coat the whole apartment in rugs and tapestries all castle style.

Any other cold-busting know how would be awesome.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006 06:46:57 AM »

We also live in a brick house that tends to get chilly.  In winter I have draft blockers that I make for all the doors.  I also switch to "winter" curtains which I like to make out of old blankets.  They may not be the prettiest but they do their job.  We also wear lots of socks & sweaters.  You could also make rugs to throw around the house.  SO, you could make: draft blockers, curtains, socks, sweaters, and rugs if so moved.  Hope that helps!


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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006 07:01:36 AM »

I don't know much about thermal materials, which I think you should go for! but rugs are a sure way as well! And slippers for you and extra ones for guests who come over so that they don't have to freeze is a good way to make people feel warm and welcome depsite the cold. Just make sure to drink loads of tea and keep blankets and wool socks lying around.

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006 07:08:45 AM »

My kind of once in a while boyfriend lives in a really old house and was always complaining about being cold so I made him two tie fleece blankets.  The intent was for him to have one in his room and one in the living room.  He actually uses them as curtains in his bedroom and swears by them.  Just a thought.

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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006 10:49:12 AM »

There was a post on here not too long ago about curtains.  She used polar
fleece for the curtains.  Just a thought!  Polar fleece is easy to sew and
would not have to be hemmed since it doesn't ravel. It is also wide.  Good
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2006 11:19:39 AM »

I made polar fleece drapes. They work great, and they look terrific.

In the meantime, you need wool hats. Inside. All the time. And maybe fingerless gloves.

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2006 11:22:53 AM »

I made polar fleece drapes. They work great, and they look terrific.

In the meantime, you need wool hats. Inside. All the time. And maybe fingerless gloves.

instead of hats, panta's? At least those she can pawn off as headband-type things without getting odd looks from people Wink

We keep our gasbills down by dressing warmer, using blankets and warm socks as well. And I've got blankets covering the windows...for no reason other then they were what was at hand though...and I can't put up real curtains *sigh* gotta love appartments and their rules

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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2006 12:59:33 PM »

Foam sheets a few inches thick can be trimmed really easy and set into the window frame. If you pull the shades behind them and cover them with drapes in front, no one knows they're there.  Or you can cover them with fabric too.  You can just take them down if you ever want to open the windows.

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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2006 01:05:11 PM »

Fleece clothing, long undies, definitely plastic over the windows, draft blocker, a big fleece blankey, a hot water bottle, drink hot beverages. If you can sew, a pair of adult sized fleece footie pajamas! I had some, they made me look like a teletubby but if it was cold enough I didn't care!!

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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2006 02:14:11 PM »

I live in northern Canada, so I might be able to give a few ideas.

build a really simple wood frame for each window, that sits just inside your window. kind of like a second window, or like a screen wood. you wrap the frame with sheet plastic, stapled tight. that keeps alot of heat in, and you can pull them in and out. for extra heat you can seal it in with silicone, then scrape it out in the spring for winter storage.

or, tack four squares or so of velcro to your wall, outside your window frame. make a thick fabric or foamcore window cover that can velcro on and off. you can fill the space between that and your window with foam or sheet insulation from your hardware store. close your curtains to hide it, or paint a funky scene on it to be your fake 'view'.

make long foam stuffy draft stoppers. (long foam tubes often with stuffed animal like faces or head on them with weights inside that can be shoved under or infront of doorways to stop a draft. a rolled towel can do the same thing.

the main thing is usually the windows and doors that lets the cold in.

other tips:

-when you are home, light candles. one candle can heat a whole bathroom almost.
-bake alot.
-simmer water on the stove.
-throw a hot water bottle  into your bed 1/2 hour before you get into it.
-run a tub full of hot water only, leave the door open, then have a bath once it cools down. that uses alot of hot water though, but where I live it gets freezing cold and dry, so the humidity helps.

-invest in slippers.
-get throwblankets for your living room and flannel sheets for the bedroom. knitted quilts help too. even a used one can be covered up by nicer bedding, and still keep your bed warm.


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