Keep Your Home Warm: Insulate Your Windows With Bubble Wrap

December 3, 2012

Home and Hobbies

Coming home to a warm and cosy home on a cold winter’s day is one of life’s simple pleasures. But with energy costs continually rising and serious concerns about global warming, most people are reluctant to have their heating on all the time.

If you want to save some cash and be environmentally friendly while still keeping your home nice and toasty, then insulating your windows can make a big difference. If you’re up for some really simple DIY you can significantly improve the R-value of your windows with some bubble wrap.

Yeah, that’s right, bubble wrap. It’s not just meant for popping, it can also be very effective insulation. If you have single pane windows, bubble wrap can cut the amount of energy lost through the glass in half.

Here’s how to insulate your windows with bubble wrap:

  1. Cut pieces of bubble wrap to fit each pane of glass. It’s better for the pieces of bubble wrap to be a little too large than a little too small.
  2. Thoroughly clean the panes of glass
  3. Use a mist spray bottle to spray a light mist of water onto a window pane. Press the bubble wrap onto the window pane with the bubbles touching the window and the smooth side facing in towards the room. That’s all you need to hold it on! I have read about people adding a tiny amount of bleach to the water help avoid mould though.

If you really want to get creative though then why not combine insulating your windows with Christmas decoration?

Simply get some translucent glass paint and Christmas up your bubble wrap. I made up the image below with Photoshop to give you an idea of the kind of thing you could do.

A Christmas tree design on bubble wrap

Original bubble wrap image by "SALi-design" via flickr

Do you have any creative tips for insulating your home? We’d love to hear about them. Just leave a comment below.

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