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05-30-2008, 10:01 AM #1Tracy FeuerGuest
Tips from you folks in AK
When I first read your potato article I saw AK and thought Arkansas I thought
why would cold be a problem in Arkansas then I figured out hey AK is Alaska. I
thought maybe you and some other of our northern friends could help me out.
I live in VA in a mobile home that seems to have zero insulatin. I put plastic
over the windows in winter. But I am still freezing. Of course not freezing
like a AK winter but cold to me.
How do you folks in AK keep warm without killing your budget. I am thinking
about using my stimulus to install a woodstove. I can't afford to have the
trailer insulated. I am not sure about the whole wood stove thing because I
have never had one.
One thing I do is during the day I close off the bedrooms and use an oil filled
electric radiator in the living room. But boy when dd goes in one of those
rooms for something. I feel like I am going to freeze to death from the blast
of cold that comes out. I use an electric blanket on my bed at night. I would
like to be better prepared for this winter.
Especially since VA dominion power has just approached the powers that be about
a twenty percent rate increase. Did I mention this mobile home is all electric.
05-31-2008, 12:28 AM #2VerleeGuest
Tips from you folks in AK
Hi Tracy! I have lived all over the US, including Alaska and it has often been
in trailers not built for the cold... or the
heat! Keeping them cool can be almost as exasperating as keeping them warm!
You mentioned some good things
you have already done like closing off rooms and adding electric oil space
heaters. Here are some other ideas I can
1)buy foam insulation pads that fit behind your electric sockets and switches
(in a pinch, pieces of fiberglas batting
will do) Believe it or not, a lot of air can blow in there!
2)Definitely look everywhere walls, windows, doors and floors meet for cracks
where air might be infiltrating. Then
apply some kind of caulk or spray foam insulation.
3)If you find a big space you need to fill and obviously do not want to use a
whole can of spray... fill it up with empty
plastic grocery bags, first. Then, spray the foam!
4)Any added insulation to the walls, floor and ceiling is a big help. Now, it
all depends on how desperate to get
warm you are and how much you have to spend, but here are a few ideas:
a) purchasase foam insulation boards to install on your wall and or
ceiling... if you like blue...
b) hang quilts or comforters on your walls.. over windows, too...a real
c) Throw down an extra carpet over the existing one... nice change in
d) Dress warmly... this includes your head and feet... nice wintery
e) Drink a hot drink down as fast as you can when you feel like your
body temperature is low
f) Most of all... think warm thoughts and dream of sunbathing in the
bahamas or ?
Hope something helps. We have lived in all kinds of housing and in all kinds of
weather and with all kinds of
pocketbooks. Definitely makes life interesting! God bless, Verlee
--- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Tracy Feuer <tracyfeuer@...> wrote:
> I live in VA in a mobile home that seems to have zero insulatin. I put
plastic over the windows in winter. But I
am still freezing. Of course not freezing like a AK winter but cold to me.
> Especially since VA dominion power has just approached the powers that be
about a twenty percent rate increase.
Did I mention this mobile home is all electric.