|This unicorn is guarding our front door... from drafts and cold.|
The home Linda and I live in is only 4 years old. Even so, it is not without room for improvement when it comes to energy conservation.
The average home loses up to 25% of its heat through windows and doors, so there is room for improvement there. While one can buy insulated window coverings and door curtains, I like to try to do as much as I can with things I already own rather than buy new stuff.
I have fashioned a door curtain for our front door, from an old blanket (yes, the same blanket I used in our DIY thermal cooker), and curtain pins. It works so well that on cold nights with the right wind, condensation on the door will freeze.
|My simple bedroom window covering provides insulation in winter, shade in summer.|
My window coverings are pieces of cloth, that we already had, attached to the inside window screens. I add clear garbage bags in winter to eliminate condensation and drafts (yes, brand new windows can have drafts, I am discovering). They are easy to put up and take down, and make our home feel more comfortable.
There is always something that can be done to make our homes more energy efficient. Even new ones. And it is surprising how much can be done while not buying anything.