Monday, December 13, 2010

It ain't just for fruit baskets.

This morning at 7:00 a.m., my sidekick and I took a trip to Home Depot and purchased shrink wrap for our windows. I guess I'm the only person in the world who didn't know about this stuff. If something doesn't have a picture of Dora the Explorer on it or Harper can't shove a shape block into it, it sometimes escapes my notice. ..but apparently, applying this "stuff" can lower your heating cost by up to 90%. I'm just hoping to get 25% or 30%.

As visions of sugar plums dance in Harper's head, I'm going to shrink wrap the windows of our "Florida room." I've done one window, already, while Harper supervised.  She was NOT impressed with the blow dryer shrinking portion of the project, as the blow dryer generally elicits the stink eye and sends her running in the other direction.  For adults without a blow dryer aversion, you'll find this part to be quite fun and rewarding.

How am I feeling about not having the option to open the windows this winter? A little like how I feel when a shirt or a dress gets stuck over my head - won't go up, can't go down, arms straight-jacketed up in "touchdown" position. . . cat in a bag panic - but I'll just hang my head out the door every now and then for 25% off of our heating bill.

7 comments:

  1. I also did not know about this stuff. I expect a blog update at the end of winter explaining 1. How hard it was to remove and 2. How much you were actually able to reduce your bill!

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  2. I don't think it will be hard to remove b/c it doesn't stick TO the windows. . .but it does stick around the sills, so we'll see. and for sure, there will be an update!

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  3. Wow, sounds really cool! I'll have to pass this info. to my parents!

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  4. ...i'm gonna play the total dumb blonde, country hick card here... i don't have a clue what you're talking about!! is this stuff like glad cling wrap? we need a step by step tutorial post! :-D

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  5. lol Hannah! Did you click on the link in my post? It's a little kit, it comes with two long sheets of ..stuff that looks like cellophane...not sticky like cling wrap (which is what I had pictured, also). You line your windows in double-sided tape (also included in the kit), stick the big sheet of cellophane to the tape, and dry it with a hair dryer. The cellophane shrinks down and all of the wrinkles disappear, so you can't even tell anything's on the window! Neat, neat stuff! The kind I used is called Frost King. I know it's probably in my head, but the room I've finished feels warmer!

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  6. What a find! I'm getting some too!

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  7. We did this when we lived in our old place which was VERY drafty, worked like a charm! Saved us a ton of money in the winter!

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