I live in an area where most of the houses are about 100 years old - ours is 140 years old! A lot of us battle drafty windows and doorways, but doing renovations are not always in the budget.
Before you get started, look into state programs that help make costly energy efficient renovations more reasonable. I live in Massachusetts, so we have the Mass Save program which offers loans and rebates. Check your area to see what's available.
If renovations are still too costly, if your area doesn't offer incentives, or if you rent your home, there are still lots of ways to make your house a little warmer. My tips are cheap, easy, and quick!
Before we talk about drafts, my first recommendation is to buy a programmable thermostat. Set it so that the heat goes down during the day when nobody's home and at night when you're sleeping. This doesn't help with drafts, but it will help with heating costs and wasted energy. In the past few years, there have been some awesome developments in programmable thermostats. There are a new type called "smart thermostats" which have wifi capability so you can adjust them from your phone, tablet, or computer. They're a little more expensive than your average thermostat but you will save money on your heating bills. ... read more