A friend of mine called to brag about the money they saved with their new windows. The story started with….
“Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive double pane energy-efficient kind. Then, this week I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them. So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year.... namely, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves! Helllooooo? It's been a year! There was only silence at the other end of the line.”
If you can’t afford to work a deal like my friend use the storm windows that you do have. The self storing aluminum frame storm windows are not the best but they are safer than using a ladder to put on second story storm windows. Every layer of glass helps to keep the heat in so use them.
If you don’t have storm windows your friendly hardware store or building supply can help with clear plastic film to convert window screens into storm windows for the winter.
Lock your windows closed. On double hung windows if the lock doesn’t line up it means that either the top sash as slid down a little or the bottom sash isn’t down tight. On most types of windows the lock helps to squeeze the window closed so lock them.
You may want to add a layer of savings on some of your windows with plastic film. Basement windows and back entry way windows may be good candidates for this treatment. It may not look great but it will help save on the heating bill. When spring arrives peel them off carefully so they can be recycled next fall. 3M Scotch brand and others make good easy to use supplies for this job. You can use clear 4 mil thick vinyl on the outside or clear heat shrink plastic film on the inside.
At work during the heating season windows help us stay in business only when they are closed.
Keeping them closed saves on the air conditioning bill too.
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