Keeping warm in the winter
Hey everyone! I've been watching this community for a couple weeks, and I have a problem I've been trying to solve for the past couple of years. I'm 22 and live in Nashville, Tennessee, in an old (built in 1912!) apartment building. My apartment is on the second floor. Nashville doesn't get too terribly cold in the winter - maybe a low of 20 degrees, usually hovers around 30 or so - but that doesn't stop everyone here from complaining. Since my apartment is so old, and my landlord doesn't give a poo, it doesn't have central heating. It also has really poor insulation. Last winter I just bought a couple heaters and locked myself into a bedroom. I don't want to do that this year! So far I've insulated around the doors and covered the windows in plastic (which is was an adventure in itself - my kitten kept trying to attack it). Does anyone have any other suggestions that I might be overlooking as far as retaining heat? I try to keep the door closed, shut off unused rooms, use those under-the-door draft dodgers, all that stuff. My ceilings are 12ft tall, and they're still sucking away all my heat. I currently have 2 small heaters (one is ceramic, the other just blows hot air around), and I'm also thinking about buying another. Any suggestions about what kind to buy? I tried an oil-filled radiator, and man, that thing sucked. I ended up returning it. Obviously, I'm trying to stay cheap here - purchasing and electric bill wise. I guess I'm just hoping there's some holy grail of information that I might have missed? Oh, and I do wear sweaters and stuff in the house. I mean, my apartment is so cold it's like 40 degrees in there. I don't even want to get out of bed at that point. Miserable! Thanks!! EDIT: Wow, thanks for all the tips! I never thought about covering my hardwoods or walls or anything. Hopefully, this will help out a lot. Also, about the heating: I am aware that it's a violation, as I've looked into it before. However (and I know I am going to sound really crazy for saying this), this is THE cheapest place to live in downtown Nashville. It's also huge, absolutely beautiful, and walking distance to my work. The landlord doesn't care if we renovate, paint, or pay the rent late (and no, it doesn't get reported - this helps on those weird pay-check months. I know people that have skipped entire months and he hasn't said anything). In short, I really like where I live. I know for a fact that if we called codes, then the place would get condemned. And I can't afford to look for another place right now. I'd rather just try to beat the cold and deal with it, as the winter only lasts about 3 months here.