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Winterizing your home can be a real challenge if you live in an old, drafty house or apartment. It can also be expensive. Luckily, we’ve found some low-tech and low-cost ways to make your home feel cozier (and possibly lower your energy bill) during the cold winter months. From drafty windows to gaps under the doors, taking care of these problem areas will take the chill out of your living space.

15 Low-Tech Drafty Window and Door Fixes for a Cozy Home

Make your drafty home feel cozier this winter with these low-tech, low-cost tips for fixing drafty windows, doors, and other problem areas.

Fireplace Insulating Plug Stop your chimney from stealing heat Fireplace dampers can't stop heat loss as well as a tight-fitting chimney insulating plug. Trims with a knife to fit your chimney. Rigid, closed-cell polyethylene is unaffected by moisture. Insulation R-Value of 8. 42"W x 12"L x 2"H. Remove it before you start a fire

Fireplace Insulating Plug — 'Remove it before you start a fire'

Fireplace Insulating Plug Stop your chimney from stealing heat Fireplace dampers can't stop heat loss as well as a tight-fitting chimney insulating plug. Trims with a knife to fit your chimney. Rigid, closed-cell polyethylene is unaffected by moisture. Insulation R-Value of 8. 42"W x 12"L x 2"H. Remove it before you start a fire

15 Low Tech Fixes for a Drafty House - One Crazy House Use bungee cord to hang draft-stopper curtains behind regular curtains

15 Low-Tech Drafty Window and Door Fixes for a Cozy Home

Make your drafty home feel cozier this winter with these low-tech, low-cost tips for fixing drafty windows, doors, and other problem areas.

How to fix small air leaks around electrical outlets and switches and prevent huge energy losses.

Close Gaps Around Electrical Outlets and Switches

Small air leaks can add up to huge energy losses

Could possibly use two sets of comand hooks to hand sheers and curtains in a rental house. The sheer rod would hide behind the curtains STORSLAGEN Double curtain rod set - IKEA

STORSLAGEN Double curtain rod set - black 47 1/4-82 5/8 "

You can adjust the length of the curtain rods to fit your window. The wall fittings can be adjusted in depth, allowing you to hang the curtains closer or further from the window. You can combine two layers of curtains, one thick and one thin, using the double rod. Includes: 2 curtain rods, 2 wall fixtures and 2 finials. May be completed with SYRLIG curtain rings (dia. 1\" and 1½\") in black. Max. distance between the wall fixture is 70 ¾\". Max. load of the thick curtain rod is 22 lbs and…

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to save money and stay warm by plugging up energy-wasting gaps, holes and cracks

How to Seal Windows and Doors for Winter

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to save money and stay warm by plugging up energy-wasting gaps, holes and cracks

Flush the Water Heater

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.

Twin Draft Door Guard Stopper Wind Dust Blocker Sealer Insulator Door Windows #fashion #home #garden #homedcor #doorstops (ebay link)

Twin Draft Door Guard Stopper Wind Dust Blocker Sealer Insulator Door Windows #fashion #home #garden #homedcor #doorstops (ebay link)

clean gutters before winter

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.

Window Insulation Film

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.

Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home

Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home

Don’t miss 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget!Eliminate Winter Surprises While you were having fun in the sun this summer, it was no vacation for your house. Sun, wind and rain can cause as much wear and tear as snow and ice. A fall checklist will tip you off to some problems […]

Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" November Projects

Bob Vila’s 5 “Must Do” November Projects

For homeowners, top-priority November projects include preparing your home indoors and out, as you look forward to a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Shelf Life: 10 Bookcases You Can Make Yourself

Shelf Life: 10 Bookcases You Can Make Yourself

<p>Any bibliophile knows that storing your books is almost as much of an obsession as reading them. And while books can be an expensive habit, storing them doesn’t have to be. DIY bookshelves are an easy project, and you can build a bookcase yourself for a lot less than you can buy one. And quickly too -- in half a day, or less, on a weekend. DIY design ideas abound on the web, so there is no lack of guidance on how to build bookshelves. Repurpose a ladder, pallet or cinder blocks -- it’s…

Winterizing a Home on a Budget - Bob Vila

50 Products for Quick Fixes Around the House

As any homeowner knows, no one can prepare you for the burden that comes from realizing that every creak, crack, scratch, and clog in your house is something that you and you alone will need to fix (or pay someone else to fix). If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, take a look at this list for clever little products that promise to resolve myriad problems around the house.

Caulk Gaps

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.

Programmable Thermostat

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

Keep the cold out, the heat in, and your energy bill down with these cost-effective tips for winterizing your home.