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First, Lower the humidity inside your house. That is 95% of your problem
Next, Take a hairdryer and melt the ice, mot up any water around the windows.
Finally, Install a window insulator kit [link]
You buy plastic sheeting and tape, or a window sealing kit (which is the same thing, but more money) and seal off the three panes for the winter, if you don’t mind not being able to open the sliding door for the season. Here is an example off Amazon: 3M 2141W-6 Indoor Kit, Insulation Film for Heat and Cold, 5.16 x 17.5, Covers Five 3 5 ft. Windows, Clear [link]
To get you by the next two winters, buy the window insulation kits:
They go on easily, are good for all winter, and you'd be surprised at how well they reduce drafts and cold air coming into your home.
This may better than bubble wrap but a bit harder to procure [link] esp if you dislike Beff Jezos
Friends from the us buy it at their Bunnings equivalent and fit on windows they won't open for the entire winter and peel off in spring.
It did a bit in my house when I tried in some of my windows with my friends offcuts. Worth a try
Your window for action has likely passed as he fixed the issue. You can ask for prorated rent for that time, but he doesn't have to give it to you. You can sue him in small claims court but the fact that it's fixed is bad on your end. I'm not sure how much weight your window issue is so long as the heat is at the minimum temperature. I'd recommend plastic wrapping your windows. This is a very common thing for old houses.
If you withhold rent you'll likely be evicted after covid restrictions have been lifted (I said after, but sounds like you don't meet the covid impact requirements for not paying rent and are still responsible for paying everything in the end). You can break your lease at any time, however you'll be responsible for rent until the landlord finds another tenant. It's common for landlords to take a "marketing fee" out of your deposit if you go this route though. You can help find a new tenant for your landlord to cut down time you'd be responsible. Subletting may be another issue depending on your lease.
Call Rocky's too. I suspect everything is going to be booked for a while now though, so you may just have to grin and bear it this winter.
If that's the case, spend a little money up front getting those window insulator kits for every window, and other things to seal up the house - drafts are the biggest cause for heat loss, and the easiest to mitigate.
Dusquene Light's electricity rates for houses heated electrically is very low. I had a larger apartment than you, and would pay less than $100/month in electricity (On average, one particularly cold month where it was about -20C was worse) during the winter for heating PLUS running 5 or so computers and appliances. In the summer, the bill was as low as $30. I would recommend covering your windows in the winter to minimize heat loss and thus cost, this 3M product worked wonderfully at keeping costs low.
I can't speak to water, because the apartment I rented included it. (Most apartments do). I can't see it being more than $20 per month though assuming normal usage.
3M makes a window insulation kit, it comes with double sided tape, you cut a big Enough piece to go all around it and use the double sided tape and a heat gun or blow dryer, and it will tighten up like a drum
Any time I have a broken window, I do this until I can fix it
It has worked the best.
It doesn't flap in the wind, or make noise, and it is $20
I have used it on a sunroof that I put in my van, the glass panel had broken and this tied me over till I got the the junk yard and got a replacement
Maybe with one of these kits?
Things I’d advise getting for winter:
Snow boots with proper treads. It gets pretty icy and slipping down a hill in shitty shoes isn’t fun
A winter coat that has an outer shell, for wind protection
A humidifier is really nice! Heaters can dry out your space and it’s a bitch and a half waking up with a nosebleed
If there’s wind/cold coming in through your windows, you can seal them with plastic and a hairdryer.
A sled! My personal favourite thing to do in winter
Tip from a northerner: We always bought window insulation plastic and put it up in winter. You just need a hair dryer and a second set of hands.
They'll probably turn you away if you don't act like you belong. But yeah, try asking. If not, try looking in their recycle bin out back.
Otherwise, this stuff is cheaper, better, and will actually accomplish the job you're trying to do without looking too ad-hoc:
You want a window insulation kit. Something like this. [link] just make sure to get the appropriate size for your window. It'll help. Make sure to clean where you are going to put the tape so it'll stick better.
Also, thermal curtains help A LOT. Better at night obviously because using them in the day means you get no light.
Also, my house is old and drafty as hell. I am usually always cold in the winter. I recently bought a set of faux fur sweat pants and a sweatshirt from old navy. It is amazing and have been truly warm for the first time in winter in my house (when I'm not like under a blanket or in front of the fire place). Would 100% recommend. They are vastly warmer than regular sweats. I had to order an extra set because my husband tried to steal mine!
Your best bet is to submit a 311 claim and hope than an inspector comes on a cold enough day to witness the issue themselves. Buy a thermometer to make a log of the daily fluxes in temp, and show them when they arrive as well. This will force your landlord to expedite your window replacement or face fines (and still need to replace the windows via court order)
A temporary solution is to purchase some weatherproofing yourself, and you could most likely deduct it from rent (it’s affordable for just a couple windows but I’m not sure how many windows you have). It’ll help until you are able to get a more permanent solution.
I wish I could give you some of our heat because our apartment is 80° and my lips and eyes are already dry as hell.
That's just moist air from inside, condensing against the cold glass. It might be a sign that the seal's broken between the panes of glass (if they're double-pane argon windows or the like); or it might just be that your interior humidity's too high; or it might just be that it's way too f'ing cold where you live.
Regardless of the cause, you can either:
OK $30 / mo for electricity sounds totally normal. So don't worry about electric consumption.
$90/mo for gas does seem a little high, although I'm not that familiar with the climate in the Sacramento area. Obviously it's the middle of winter right now so this is not going to be a year-round expense. Hot water might be responsible for 1/4 of that, and cooking should be minimal unless you are prodigious cooks.
Preventing air infiltration is the #1 way to help your heating bills. Avoid having the windows open whenever possible. Someone else suggested a dehumidifier which might help but they can be expensive to run so be careful you are not just shifting around your expenses.
Honestly if there are obvious places to caulk and you can do it tastefully and preferably paint over it, I doubt your landlord would notice or care. They just don't want their house to be a mess. Obviously you can't seal the window shut, but if there are gaps around the frame or between the window panes I would say go for it.
As I said in an edit to my above post, you can also get plastic window insulators, but the problem is you have to throw them out when you want to open the window.
Is it in the lease? And in the meantime, these work wonders for me in NJ
In that case I think you're going to be paying some big bills in the winter time. I would look at sealing up openings, and keep the thermostat low. Wear jackets indoors and get a nice warm blanket :)
We've used this stuff over our drafty windows and saved quite a bit on our power bill.
I would get blackout curtains, at least for windows that get a lot of sun during the day. They'll keep your apartment cooler.
In the winter there are window insulation kits - something like this though I picked that at random as an example, shop around to find good prices and good reviews. They'll help keep your apartment warm in the winter.
Yup. Truth, common here that in NYC renters buy their own ac units.
We've got maybe another month of cool weather ahead of us, but you should highly consider putting up some insulation. These are for windows but same principle would work here: [link]
Pretty easy to put up and can have a pretty large effect on the amount of heat you're losing.
It's the exact same phenomenon as when you get a cold drink and the outside of the glass gets wet: the warm air in the room can hold a lot of water; when it gets close to the cold surface, it can't hold as much, so the water condenses on the surface.
This is a bad sign, by the way - you're wasting a lot of heat that way. You might want to try an insulating film over your window.
The window insulation is for a ground sheet, I buy it at the hardware store. You can get it online too, this is the stuff, brand doesn't matter: [link]
Buy them a pack of these and some duct tape. The double sided tape that comes with it sucks, but you can get a good seal with duct tape.
I would hope they have a pair of scissors and a hair dryer in their apt. Make sure they know not to cook the plastic too much or they will just burn a hole in it and ruin the air bubble.
Edit: Also, tell them to put it on the interior wall frame and not the metal of the window frame. there needs to be a good pocket of air in between the glass and the plastic.
If TSCC won't pony up with the landlords number make them pay for the damage the duct tape will eventually do to the paint.
You could consider some blackout curtains, as they are heavier material and help block out cold as well as light. You can also use shrink plastic insulation on your windows. I do this every winter, it does make a difference.
These types of things pay for themselves pretty quickly in heating costs and let you keep your plants near the windows. [link]
They are really handy in old or lower quality structures that use single pane windows.
Something else that worked for me was sealing up my window with these. You stick the film on with tape and then shrink it with a hair dryer. Even if you aren't able to put the film up over that particular hole, putting it over the windows will help quite a bit.
Here's a tip from Wisconsin, USA (-20C during winter). Tape a big sheet of plastic over the window frame. [link]
If you do it right, you won't be able to see the plastic and your place will stay warm with less energy use. Or just get better windows.
Cheap windows. They are all metal with no weather block, so they act as a conductor for the cold(or hot) weather.
The weather is going to turn for the better, so too late now. However if you are where you are next year, consider getting this kit.
It seems like nonsense, but if applied correctly, it will make a dramatic difference. Also, when stretched, it has a clarity almost on par with glass (but not quite).
Something like this:
Here's how I would go about installing it:
Day 1: Put double stick tape around window. Thaw out window, and dry it off as best as you can.
Day 2: Use hair dryer to completely dry off window glass. If you trap moisture between the plastic and the glass, it may mold or rot the sill, and you won't be able to get your deposit back. After the window is completely dry, put up the plastic film. Make sure it is a perfect seal all the way around.
Day 3: Use the hair dryer to shrink the plastic down, and get rid of wrinkles. Waiting the day between putting the tape up the first day, and waiting to shrink it down the second day will allow the tape to form a better bond, and prevent the plastic from pulling away, and breaking the seal. The whole idea is to get an airtight seal...
Buffalox is correct, any plastic will help. There are kits. This one is fairly expensive, though. You should be able to find something at your local home improvement store that is cheaper. The nice thing about the kind of plastic made for this application is that you apply it, then heat it with a hair dryer, and it shrinks to a tight fit.
Its a kit like this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
You attach it with the tape then use a hair dryer to shrink it.
You know those are actual kits with double sided tape and specific plastic insulation material, right?
Oh yeah, it's a game changer. This one on amazon has a video that shows you how it works. Everyone and their mother uses this stuff in Western NY.
I think caulking around the windows is a good idea if it’s literally drafty in there.
Also, there are window insulation kits you can buy and easily install, that should help with both weather extremes. They’re like plastic wrap. Here is a kit on Amazon that does 5 windows for $15:
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, Window Insulation Film for Heat and Cold, 5.16 ft. x 17.5 ft., Covers Five 3 ft. by 5 ft. Windows [link]
And they also had a Duck brand one that does 10 windows for $7:
Duck Brand Indoor 10-Window Shrink Film Insulator Kit, 62-Inch x 420-Inch, 286216 [link]
Of course, make sure to measure your windows before ordering, so you don’t get anything too small.
Blinds/curtains can help, too. Maybe a small space heater in the winter if you still have trouble.
Drafts are a nightmare in old houses, I know.
If the window is too cold, try this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI or something similar, and/or something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Window-Insulation-Weather-Stripping-Adhesive/dp/B07H5D41GG
Also get a hygrothermometer ($10 for 2 on amazon US) to check the temperature and humidity where your plants are, and get a humidifier if it's too low (under like 50%). Your skin and sinuses will also thank you; it turns out that my "winter coughs" were actually just from sleeping in rooms under 40% humidity.
For an apartment I would just go with a regular window insulation kit. You apply it with scissors and a hair dryer. amazon They go on sale around October.
Yeah, probably should have put it in my first post.
Purchase kit - [link]
Home made - [link]
Those help insulate windows.
It's available on Amazon here.
I suggest using these during the winter. They really help with insulating single pane windows [link]
Can you give me total remaining balance and interest rates?
There's a few things that stand out you might be able to address...
Your phone bill is nuts. I have an iPhone 12 Pro on a lease with unlimited everything from Verizon with just one phone on my plan and my bill is less than half that. I didn't even realize it was possible to pay more than "I" (read: work) pay every month. Are you paying monthly installments on 2 new phones and 2 unlimited data plans? Can you abuse one of the various marketing pushes from your cell provider and trade your presumably nice and expensive phone in, get the credit for it, and a free phone with a contract renewal? You'll probably have to eat a downgraded phone, which might be your only source of entertainment, but it's something to consider.
Do you have friends or family that could help with your child care expenses? $600 a month isn't much in terms of child care, but it is in terms of your budget. I don't think there's much to be done here but it's worth investigating if there's free programs at the YMCA or something in your community if there's no familial aid available.
How deep into your pride are you willing to dig? You can probably save 10% off your energy bill in the winter with these insulation kits we lovingly called "white trash glass" when I was a child. Have you put towels at the bottoms of your doors? Can your family start wearing thermals at home and drop the heat by a few degrees? Would anyone even notice a 1-2 degree drop (each degree of heating/cooling costs more than the one before it, going from 50-51 or 80-79 is cheaper than 51-52 or 79-78 and so on)?
It's hard to give you specifics without total balances and interest rates, but effectively if you make minimum / interest-only payments on everything every month, you're just treading water. You have to start attacking the principle, but you don't have much room for that. Missing a payment has a quantifiable dollar value to it - in a lot of cases, it's $0, for stuff like comcast that will let you lapse for a month or two - and if you can take that loss and apply the payment to the principle of another debt, you start to come out ahead. There's a few strategies on how to do this, the famous one is called "snowballing" where you attack your debt in reverse principle order, the smallest first, then the last. You can do it by attacking your debts in interest order, but generally speaking it's some combination of the two. In your case, it's absolutely essential you pay off the CareCredit balance first before the grace period ends and a huge interest bill comes due, so how much is left on that? Have you considered a debt consolidation loan?
The biggest thing I notice though is that if you can make $300 feed your family, you have $80 in "oh shit money", so you're fine. You're not doing great, but many are doing worse, and people have dug themselves out of deeper holes. $300 to feed everyone isn't easy, but check out /r/Cheap_Meals /r/budgetfood /r/slowcooking and probably other subreddits I'm forgetting. Learn to love beans, rice, potatoes, pasta and the clearance section of the meat aisle. Learn to bake your own bread, make your own tortillas, pasta sauce, and other staples that come with a huge mark up for convenience. If neither you or your partner enjoys cooking, one of you needs to learn how to love it because eating as cheaply as possible gives you the most financial flexibility and simple things like baking a loaf of bread can be a great family experience or romantic experience as well as being the cornerstone of poverty finances.
I still think the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and get your pantry/kitchen as stocked up as you can from food banks and meal kitchens. Do that today or this weekend. Once that's done, use as little money as possible to stretch what you got for free into a month's worth of meals. That, plus the budget you've given me, should equate to peace-of-mind until the end of the month, which gives you two weeks to construct a plan to start in September.
Use window insulation kits:
Very effective for managing that problem.
My dad used to put a plastic film over our windows to help insulate the house in winter. I believe it was similar to this. . It definitely helped keep things warmer.
Use a window insulator kit for today.
Before you replace windows (which it sounds like you need to do) get with the condo board and see what the requirements are about getting them upgraded.
Can you install interior storm windows?
I assume your place has single pane windows, so I'd recommend these bad boys.
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You've got the right idea, though. Acrylic window inserts, whether you buy them or DIY, are the simplest way to help. If the window assembly is very drafty, insulating window films can help as well.
If it's a cold draft actually coming through the window, I would just use some window wrap like this stuff from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
If it's radiated cold air just penetrating through the window pain, I would move the plant further away from the window.
I'll throw in a few I haven't seen mentioned
collapsible shovel to keep in your trunk. In case your car gets stuck in snow, you can clear out the wheels. Don't go too cheap, they'll snap in heavy snow.
phone batteries will drain faster in cold temperatures so an extra one is good to have around
fancy hot cocoa. Ghirardelli is widely available but I like Silly Cow. I'm sober now but when I used to drink I'd add a little Bailey's to it.
door draft stoppers, especially if their home is older
along the same lines, window insulation kits - these will help save money on heat bills
And I will second flannel or fleece lined pants, wool socks, hats and mittens.
The most important things to cover in cold weather are [sing-songy voice] ears, fingers, nose and toes.
They make kits to do this. Not reusable but will probably work better than trying to get an airtight seal yourself. [link]
Glass can be insulated....kinda. I would consider trying this:
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit ($15)
3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window [link]
You should do two things in the winter:
1) install temporary plastic window insulation that you can remove each spring and reinstall each winter: [link]
2) get insulated curtains.
I'd offer to pay for it myself as it's not expensive and may keep them from escalating. Here is an example: 3M 2141W-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, Five Pack (3' X 5') [link]
Here you go!
Do you mean this kind of thing? [link]
My concern is that it wouldn't be very durable, and that it might get dirty / warp the view somehow.
Others have mentioned it in this thread, but these work great
they also have a tendency (in my experience) to take the paint off as well :-/
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In addition to all this, you could drop the Tyvek and use a polycro sheet as a ground cloth which will save you 2oz at $4/oz.
Also your tights are pretty heavy. Unless you sleep really cold you can get a lighter pair. Mine weigh 4oz for size small. That saves you 3oz at $5/oz.
3M window insulation kit is one option:
this is the shit you want. i have drafty, leaky windows and my ass was warm all last winter.
You wouldn't want to paint your windows anyways. The best thing along those lines that you are going to get is something like this:
There are a few things you can do prior to boyfriend+grandpa getting the improvements finished. Window insulation films, in particular, can have a big effect and you may want to add weather stripping or snakes to each exterior door in case they're not fitted precisely.
A few more suggestions can be found on Houzz.
try something like this i sealed up all my windows and its definitely noticeably warmer
for interrior storm windows? I disagree. What is the thickness of this? [link] .
I tihnk if I went with 1/16 I would use thinner wood or a window screen kit but if I wwere to use 1/8th I think that the 1x2 will work fine. Once I make them I will post pics back to this thread.