Five Easy DIY Window Projects to Save Money on Cooling Costs
According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25 percent to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. If this is something you struggle with, it’s important to know that there are a variety of solutions that are both cost-effective and require little time to implement. Before you reach for your thermostat, try these five easy fixes first:
- Purchase Blackout Curtains:
Blackout curtains can help you keep your energy bill down year-round in that they help insulate a room in the winter and block out the hot Florida sunlight during the summer. If you happen to have extra fabric laying around the house, tailoring the fabric to meet the dimensions of a window is about as easy as it gets. Otherwise, blackout curtains and coverings are easily purchased from the store at a low cost.
- Install Awnings:
If you’re looking to block light from the outside rather than the inside, awnings are simple and traditional. Shade will be cast over your window and, depending on the material you choose, rays from the sun may be directly absorbed, thus keeping your house cool without lowering the thermostat.
- Seal Off Unwanted Airflow with Caulk:
You may not even realize just how much warm air is either leaking into or out of your home from around the window edges. A quick fix to stopping this unintentional airflow is caulk: a waterproof filler. Not only is caulk super inexpensive (think around $3 a tube), but it’s also easy to apply. Just clean the edges of your window, fill the caulk in at the joints of where the window meets the wall, and let it dry to seal.
- Reflect the Heat With Window Film:
Window films are great in that they afford you more privacy and literally reflect the heat, all without obstructing your view. Plus, they work well for the cold months—just like blackout curtains, properly applied window films help to keep in the heat when the chill starts to get to you, allowing you to keep your energy bill down regardless of the season.
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