I never realized just how drafty and inefficient one of my apartments was until I lived through my first polar vortex. A polar vortex, in case you haven’t heard, is this weather phenomena that happens every so often up north; it’s really just basically a fancy term for a front of severely freezing air moving quickly, usually caused by high winds. The last one I lived through plummeted many parts of the country to minus 69 degrees. That’s 69 degrees below zero I’m talking here! While it didn’t happen quite that exhausting where I lived–we were somehow spared with a mere 28 degrees below zero–we had his own additional concerns because of it, don’t you worry. It wasn’t until it got that freezing that I realized right then just how drafty my condo was. The temperature control was set at 60, however the temperature was a steady 40. The electric gas furnace was cycling consistently; it was never shutting off for two days! I walked around, and sure enough every window was leaking in freezing air, even fully locked! But it wasn’t the sides enjoy I was used to, it was the bottom right where the gasket was, and clearly, it needed to be substituted. But I couldn’t leave the stupid condo due to the storm to get plastic to cover it. What I ended up doing was getting every towel in the house, and firmly rolling them up tight, and shoving them all along the window sills. It definitely looked ridiculous, however it worked. Two hours later, the condo was finally heated and the central electric heating system idea finally clicked off for once. I had no idea those modern-looking windows could lose so much heat!