Energy Saving Windows
Energy saving windows can save you up to 25% on your heating bill and at
least 15% on your cooling bill. Even though windows can enhance the
look of your home, provide dramatic views, and light up your rooms they
can be some of the greatest energy wasters in your home.
Replacing your energy wasting windows, if you have single-pane windows,
with ENERGY STAR high performance (e.g., low-e or gas filled) windows is
an excellent way to save lots of energy but best of all it won't take
too long to recover your investment. And with all the Federal, State and
Power Company rebates today the investment will be much lower.
Cold-Weather Window Tips
- Use high rated SHGC windows for greater solar transmission and less shading ability.
- You can weatherize your windows for winter by using clear plastic sheet
or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make
sure you seal the plastic tightly to the frame to keep out the cold air.
- You should install tight-fitting, insulated window shades if your windows still feel drafty after you weatherize.
- Keep your curtains and shades closed at night to lock in the heat, and
open them during the day to bring in the warming sunshine.
- If you don't do windows, here is a really good reason to do so, if only
on the south side of your home. Clean windows let in more sunshine and
keep your home warmer and help keep your heater off!
- Install storm windows! There are inside and outside storm windows but
either one can reduce heat loss through your windows by as much as 50%.
Warm-Weather Window Tips
- Use low rated SHGC rated windows for less solar heat transmission and greater shading ability.
- Make sure your blinds, drapes or shapes are white on the outside to reflect heat away from your home.
- Close curtains during the day on the south and west facing windows of your home to block out the heat.
- Install awnings on the south and west facing windows to block out even more heat!
- Applying reflective films on the south and west facing windows to reduce the solar gain.
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