We are hitting -15 again tonight with the 7 day forecast showing every night below zero – yes, into March. Tomorrow we have blizzard warnings with no snow, just very high winds which will cause whiteout conditions. That means -50 wind chill – 3 minutes to frostbite on any bare skin. I am oh so tired of winter!
So what did I do today? I went into overdrive and finished my Mylar heat reflecting shades in the kitchen and cut and taped on Mylar on all the windows upstairs. I swear with the house thermostat set at 65, it began to feel like 70 – oh so welcome on these old bones.
I am working with 3 types of Mylar:
1. A 50’x4′ roll of 2 mil Mylar from High Tech Garden Supply I bought off of eBay for <$30 last week.
2. The end of a 25’x4′ roll of 2 mil Mylar, reflective both sides I bought for <$30 last year.
3. Mylar emergency blankets – very thin.
Very old not so good shades in the kitchen.
Materials used plus border adhesive which is basically white glue.
One shade done by adhering the 2 mil one side onto the shade with glue.
Hideous Mylar tent I can’t keep up over my Kitchen Scraps Garden.
On the left is the 2 mil adhered with glue to shade.
Center is the 2 mil Mylar reflective both sides just cut and taped onto the shade rod after I ripped off the original old shade.
Note how my Kitchen Scraps Gaden is growing! East window, so it needs the reflection of the Mylar which I just “tent” over the box during the day.
On the right is 2 mil Mylar white one side taped onto the shade rod after I ripped off the original old shade – edges curl just a bit.
Very thin Mylar emergency blanket glued onto the shade. Works just fine but I have the fold lines I couldn’t get out.
Upstairs I have just cut to size and taped to windows with Scotch tape.
And yes, even over the door window.
My heating bills are killing me and I surely wish I would have figured this out earlier this winter, but such is life and I have them up now.
I can reverse all of these to keep down the 100 degree heat of a Minnesota summer.
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