TOM: If you live in an apartment and pay for your own heat, you might feel like there’s little you can do to cut those costs. But the truth is, you’ve got options. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit home improvement tip. Renters sometimes think since they can’t replace leaky windows or add insulation that they can’t lower their heating costs. But several easy improvements can cut costs and add comfort.
TOM: First, make sure that all heating registers are unobstructed by furnishings and window coverings so that the warm air can flow freely.
LESLIE: Next, seal inside windows with removable caulk. It goes on in cold weather but peels off easily in the spring.
TOM: Replace your thermostat. New wifi-enabled devices offer unprecedented intelligence that will deliver heat exactly when needed. They can be switched back when you’re ready to move.
LESLIE: Lastly, adding heavy drapes or even cellular shades can warm up the drafts that surround your windows and help take the chill out of your next heating bill.