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  •  Two super cheap things for this winter (8+ / 0-)

    V-seal: it's a plastic strip that you insert into the gaps in your window sashes. It will drastically reduce window drafts.

    Shrink-wrap window plastic: Use the double-sided tape to stick the plastic up, then use a blow dryer to shrink to fit. This will also reduce drafts and add an insulating air gap, further reducing heat loss.

    You can probably do an entire house for very little (maybe $80), and will save substantially on heat. If you can't do the whole house for that, then do the rooms people spend the most time in, and the bathrooms. This will allow you to keep the thermostat a degree or two lower, without complaints about drafts.

    With the window plastic, if your walls are in good shape, and are painted, not wall-papered, you can get even more bang for the buck by putting the tape on the wall instead of on the window frame. This makes the plastic more obvious, but the old windows in those historic houses have a HUGE air infiltration issue due to the sash weight pockets. This method entirely eliminates a huge draft source around the outside of the frames.

    This is a nice article about preserving historic windows, without sacrificing heat (it costs way less than replacement).

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