Return to the Money Saving Tips Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Memory foam insulation

Posted by nosambos (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 17, 09 at 13:38

My house is cold, leaky and expensive to heat. It is 100+ years old with leaky casement windows. I have interior magnetic storms which are stopgap at best. My winter heating bills have been in excess of $400 despite keeping the house at 50 degrees and burning $600 to $1000 of wood. This season It occured to me that I could use memory foam mattress toppers cut in strips to insulate around the windows. I bought a couple on craigslist and a king size second on eBay. The change is dramatic. The last bill showed that we used half the amount of gas compared to the year prior despite the fact that it averaged 10 degrees colder. This pic shows how I attached the foam to a door with eye hooks and dowels.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Memory foam insulation

I clicked on your link for the picture and got an advertisement, no picture. Try again?

RE: Memory foam insulation

I couldn't open the picture either.

I've made window quilts in another home, that I could open and close that really helped. They are made from layers of fabric/insulation/vapor barrier and completely fill in the window - tight to the frame with velcro or plastic magnets - not hung from above the window.

I've also taken rigid foam insulation cut to fit, dolled it up with some nice fabric, and used it in the e-gress windows in the basement.

I now have bubble wrap on the windows as additional insulation that have made a huge difference, even in a new home with energy efficient windows. See link below for more information.

You might try to locate a copy of "Movable Insulation" by William K. Langdon. Lots of great ideas in this book.


Here is a link that might be useful: Bubble Wrap Window Insulation

RE: Memory foam insulation

Trying again.


RE: Memory foam insulation

Yes, that looks to be very effective. Can you take it off for the summer?

RE: Memory foam insulation

That looks like it works. You could cover it with fabric and some bottons if you wanted to make it more decorative.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Money Saving Tips Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here