Add clear shrink wrap on the inside
You can add a layer of clear plastic to the inside of the window. This seals off any air leaks and traps a layer of insulating air at the window. Being clear it still lets in light and lets you see out. I highly recommend the 3M Scotch Brand materials for cutting the energy waste at your windows.
It is easy. First sit down and read everything printed on the box. Remember, “if all else fails, read the directions.” The directions are an easy read and the illustrations are very helpful.
The first step of the job is to put their special two-sided sticky tape all around the window frame. What is special is that it sticks good, but you can peel it off easily too. If you put it on crooked, like I do, you can fix it without throwing it away and starting over.
Next, hang an over sized sheet of the clear plastic on the sticky tape.
Then the fun part, use a hair dryer to shrink it so it is tight and wrinkle free.
Last step is to cut away the excess plastic film around the window frame to make a neat looking job. Do not use heat shrink film outdoors; it is made for indoor use only.
Bubble Wrap your window to save money
You can use bubble wrap in place of the expensive clear shrink-wrap. Bubble wrap lets light in, but you can’t see through it clearly.
When you use bubble wrap, those little bubbles act as additional insulation. The bubble wrap obscures sight through the window like frosted glass does. Bubble wrap is good for bathroom windows or other windows where you want more privacy.
If you have been doing your fair share of online shopping you may already have a supply in those old packing boxes in your garage. For bigger windows, you may have to buy some from a packaging supply store or at your favorite discount store.
You can tape it to your window frames, either indoors or out. I seal the edges of the bubble wrap with clear packaging tape before I put it up.
Then I use double-sided Scotch Brand tape from 3M to hold it to the window frame.
The Scotch Brand tape will come off in the spring with no damage to the window frame. Leave the bottom two corners loose from the window frame to allow moisture to escape.
Space Blankets save money by reflecting heat where you want it
Space blankets are also called emergency blankets or survival blankets. They are an item that should be in your car first aid kit.
Space blankets are made of tough highly reflective Mylar plastic.
They are used to reflect 90% of a person’s body heat back to them.
They are available for about $1 each in a size of about 5 feet by 7 feet, just right for wrapping up one person or one window.
Why use them on your windows? They make a good window covering because they will reflect 90% of your home heat back inside.
If you have a window, where seeing out or having light coming in is not an important factor, you can cover it with a space blanket. Bathroom or basement windows are possibilities for this window treatment. I use clear packaging tape to hold the space blanket material to the outer edges of the window frame.
If you want daylight and the view, you can stick the space blanket material to the inside surface of a window blind. Roll it up during the day and roll it down to reflect heat back inside at night.
In the hot weather sticking the reflective Mylar to the outside of your roll up blinds will reflect heat from the sun back out to save on air conditioning.
If you are making your own window quilts, you can add a layer of space blanket material to make a super energy saver window covering. Click here for a selection of space blankets.
Window Quilts add insulation and look creative
When our children were young, we lived in a 100-year-old house in
. This beautiful old house had tall windows that let in a lot of light and fresh air in warm weather.
They also made some rooms hard to heat. Putting up a window quilt in our son’s bedroom, increased the room temperature about ten degrees.
The following Link takes you to my wife’s step-by-step instructions on how to make window quilts: How to Make Energy Saving Window Quilts
If you don’t have time to make window quilts, do what our daughter, does hang spare blankets to cover the windows at night.
Energy Saving Window Treatments
Heavy full-length curtains help also. In the movies, we see heavy drapes at the castle windows. They were there to keep the cold out not just for show.
Heavy floor length drapes add insulation and stop the draft caused by cold air at the window sinking to the floor.
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