Howdy folks. I have kind of fallen off the wagon with updating this blog.
We just moved into a gorgeous new house, and coinciding with our move has been some pretty cold fall weather. Due to large picture windows and a fireplace sans flue, we're looking to do a lot of winterizing to minimize our heating bill this winter. If you have ideas or suggestions, please comment on this post. Remember, we rent, so all steps taken have to be non-permanent.
We're planning to put that shrinkwrap plastic stuff over all the window, but are looking for a cheap source of the stuff. The flue has to be somehow closed off, preferably in an easy-to-remove way so that we can still have fires once in awhile. The house's heat is gas, and has separate heating units on the walls in each of the rooms. We figure this compartmentalization will be useful. What about the hot water heater? It's in the laundry room, which is likely to be the coldest in the winter months. What can we do to safely insulate it? Has anybody had success making super-insulating curtains on the cheap? And finally, what about a waste vegetable oil space heater of some kind? The designs we've seen look super hot and super dangerous for inside use. Maybe some sort of passive solar system would be more appropriate? Help!