Any Tips on Insulating my Apartment?

We just got our first gas bill since we've turned on the heat and we just can't afford to pay that every month, but it gets so Cold here! I am waiting to hear from LIHEAP for assistance, any advice on insulation, like those door blockers or something?

Because you are renting there isn't anything you can do to improve the property without written consent and why should you even have to…? Some landlords may be will to pay half the costs for improvements…”some”…!

Things you can do are several but, of course, there is cost for that also… You can apply plastic inside over the windows on the framework, not the window itself… This will act a a double window if taping the plastic entirely around the edges securely. I would recommend 4 mil clear plastic from Lowes or Home Depot and not those rediculous window kits…

If there is air coming around the door edges then staple some wool fibre insulating strip to the inside of the door frame where the door touches when closed. That comes in a small roll and costs little at Lowes or Home Depot… Be sure your door closes tightly and if it doesn't, re-allign the bolt bracket in the door frame casing…

You can place a blanket or rug at the door bottom to hold back the bottom draft… Most door bottom weatherstrips are useless but for the threshold type which are very expensive and require the door to be removed and possibly cut…

If you have high ceilings and ceiling fans or not…the heat is at the ceiling, not the floor… Keep a fan as close as possible to the ceiling and blowing downward to bring that hot air back down for comfort…

Close rooms not used as reasonable as possible…

When relaxing in the living room use throw blankets to hold in your body heat…

Pile extra blankets on the bed and consider a warming blanket as well…

If the floors are not carpeted…put down some large area rugs to help insulate the floors as well…

If you have hot air heat then keep a large pot of water boiling on the stove often to add humidity as dry air is cold air and also unhealthy…

Turn thermostat down to 60 during the day if away and 65 – 68 if at home…65 when sleeping. You may want to consider buying one or two electric radiators just for the room you relax in and keep the furnace thermostat at 65 when home. Those electric radiators are fabulous but also costly if running too long…1000 – 1500 watts…

If achieving all that then carefully use a lit candle in various places about the apartment and watch for the flame to flicker…that will tell you where drafts are coming from…electric outlets, under sinks where pipes go into walls for examples…!

Meanwhile, if I were you I would be looking for another apartment as breaking that lease, if you have one, is no problem at all, I assure you…!