Money Saved: $55
Energy Saved: 440 lbs CO2
Windows are a large source of unwanted heat exchange within the home. During the winter you can lose heat through your windows, and during the summer about half of the unwanted heat in your home comes through exposed windows. Shading your windows can minimize the amount of heat entering your home during the summer to create a more comfortable environment, while saving your money on your utility bill. Similarly, utilizing thermal drapes during the winter can can act as a layer of insulation in front of your windows, preventing heat from escaping.
Cover your windows with your favorite curtains, and close the curtains or blinds during the day in rooms that are not being used. When the temperature drops at night during the summer, open your doors and windows to to cool your house and to let hot air out.
Fitting your windows with cutrains or drapes can help reduce heat gain/loss in your home by about 15%!