Friday, 14 October 2011
Day 105: Winter is i-cummin in
I put it down to this being a tenement flat, with neighbours below, above, and to either side. Very kindly, what they spend on heating also helps to keep me warm. Moreover, the flat is kind of long and thin, with windows front and back, so there is very little actual outside wall. For an old flat without double glazing and with plenty of gaps between the floorboards, it is also surprisingly draft free. I guess these Victorians knew what they were doing when they built this place.
But winter is indeed i-cummin in, and if it is anything like the last two up here, I am going to have to look at some heat-saving ventures. Given that it is a rented flat and I will not be forking out on insulation any time soon, I need to do what I can with what I have. I can close the thick curtains in the living room, but the bedroom curtains are pretty thin, and there are only flimsy blinds in the kitchen and bathroom. I also read a tip about pinning a clear shower curtain over the window as a kind of secondary double glazing. It doesn't sound very attractive, but it might be worth a go if I can find such a thing cheaply enough.
And the other easy tip is draft excluders at the bottom of doors. I seem to have a surplus of towels, so maybe I could roll some up and tie them in place. I could even have a go at covering them. I have a strange zebra-striped blanket thing with sleeves that is falling apart, which might do the trick. Time to dig out the needle and thread, I think.
I did find this web page which has some very useful tips about staying warm in general. Some are bleedingly obvious, but others are more original. I especially liked tip number 16!