Good Question: Saving Energy this Winter

Good Question: Saving Energy this Winter

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 14, 2007

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Mariegael just sent us this question:
I live in an old, Victorian apartment. I can't so much as paint. So, how can I save energy on heating without making permanent changes to the apartment? I use Frost King on the windows, but what about the doors? The only stuff I've seen is like a tape, but you have to remove the doors to install it. How can I save energy this winter?

Hey Mariegael,
Your question is really timely. Actually, we've just been asking ourselves the same question. Our landlords recently did some minor weatherstripping around our doors, but we're wondering if we could improve on their work and also tackle our windows.

We've been looking at these instructions for weatherstripping windows and doors at They label the work at the beginner skill level (which is encouraging) and the material for the doors looks a bit more substantial than tape, but might be too "permanent" for your situation?

We won't presume to know what your landlord is like, but have you considered talking to him/her about insulation and weatherstripping? You could make a compelling argument for the energy and money saving possibilities.

From the Lowes website: Did you know that a 1/8" space between a standard exterior door and its threshold is equivalent to a two square inch hole in the wall? Closing those gaps can save you up to 15 percent in heating and cooling costs.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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