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Bubble Wrap Window Insulation Hack

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If you're like me and come from a small town with old houses, you can remember insulating your windows for the winter. My dad would take plastic sheeting and double sided tape and seal up all the windows we didn't absolutely need to open. Well, now we live in a house with much better windows, but that doesn't mean there isn't an advantage to adding insulation. We’re still losing heat through our windows, just a smaller amount.  Extra insulation not only helps you save the environment  (by using less electricity) but can save you anywhere from $100 to $500 dollars over the course of the winter (depending on how large your house is and how many money saving tips you implement).
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Time: 1 Minutes Cost: $2 Difficulty: Easy
The only things I used for this winter hack were bubble wrap and a spray bottle filled with water.
Here I am freezing next to my window. It's the beginning of December, and it's freezing outside.
Step 2: Spray the Window
I couldn't believe that water is the only thing holding this on the the window, but it really works. So I sprayed the water evenly all over the window.
Step 3 : Press On the Bubble Wrap
I precut my bubble wrap to size, so I started at one corner and spread my bubble wrap over the window. It sticks very well. I can also remove it easily by pulling and then wiping the window with a cloth.
I could not believe how much of a difference this made! Plus I still had sunlight shining through. I could still open and shut this sliding window, it didn't block any light from coming in, and only obscured my view a tiny bit.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Scissors
  • Corren venter
    Corren venter South Africa
    on Dec 31, 2016

    What an amazing idea!!!!

  • Gmason169
    Gmason169
    on Dec 31, 2016

    I have bee doing this for two years and it works....windows are not cold!👍

  • Patricia
    Patricia South Africa
    on Dec 31, 2016

    Like Ruth was wondering if this would keep the heat out. We have a west facing window in our bedroom and it's unbelievable in our summer heat.

  • Weedinwoman54
    Weedinwoman54 Smyrna, TN
    on Dec 31, 2016

    Great idea. Thanks

  • Lucinda Harrison Ross
    Lucinda Harrison Ross
    on Dec 31, 2016

    Wrap sticks to glass but what about the old wood casings? That's where all the old air is coming from on mine!

    • Sovaplbg
      Sovaplbg
      on Dec 31, 2016

      I would think that if you cut your bubble wrap bigger to cover more of your window but don't spray the wood with water then you could just apply a small piece of tape to hold that part on. The water will adhere to your glass but the overlay will still help to insulate your window. I know that the bubble wrap also works to heat your "hinnie" when you place a sheet of it on your "p-leather" office chair. I have also wrapped my ankles with bubble wrap to keep them warm when working on concrete floors at work.

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