Windows and Energy: No Panes, No Gains
The Web site EarthShare.org offers lots of tips on creating a healthy and sustainable environment. This month, take some time to learn about how windows can waste energy and money. Did you know as much as 25% of your home's heat can escape through leaky windows? Don't fret – you can try these simple ideas to save energy with your existing windows:
- Install weatherstripping on drafty doors and windows. Storm doors and windows should have weatherstripping on all movable joints.
- Use stretch-seal, heat-shrink plastic sheeting kits for windows as an inexpensive and easy way to seal warped or single-glazed windows.
- Use window quilts or shutters over your windows to keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. An uninsulated drape can cut window heat loss by one-third. An insulated drape can reduce it by half.