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    Tracy Feuer
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    Hi Liss:



    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.



    Tracy

    in VA










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    Verlee
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    Default 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

    think of:

    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

    homey feel

    c) Throw down an extra carpet over the existing one... nice change in

    scenery

    d) Dress warmly... this includes your head and feet... nice wintery

    look

    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.














 

 

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