Winter is a time when people start thinking about what they need to keep warm as well as not breaking the bank. The Department of Energy recommends using blinds and curtains before blasting the A/C or or heat. This can include everything from piling up the blankets to turning up the thermostat. There are a few simple things you can do to your windows to cut your heating bills.
Plugging up air leaks in windows and doors is essential. You might be surprised how much cold air gets in everyday just through small cracks. Weatherstripping is easy to install, just peel and stick, runs about $5-$17 and comes in a variety of widths and colors.
Curtains are like sweaters for your windows. Switching out your light summer curtains for heavier velvet or woven curtains will act as a further barrier to keep the cold air out of your toasty home. Having a lush curtain up will also make your room look more cozy and inviting during the cold months. Heavy curtains will also be a good idea on a glass door.
Fabric Shades & Layering
Honeycomb shades are the most notable, but any variety of fabric shades, especially those custom fitted, will keep your room a little bit more insulated than a normal slat blind.Pairing a fabric shade with a heavy curtain will certainly keep the chill out and keep you heating bill down as well.
Another cheap, but slightly frustrating, option is insulating film that goes over the glass on your window. It is a peel and stick system that works best for large panels of glass. If you have traditional windows with small squares, it may be a little challenging to apply the film evenly.
All of these choices can be reused for years to come, so you won’t be throwing away the money for a one time use, like your heating bill.