10 Surefire Ways to Save Energy and Stay Warm This Winter
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Winterize Your Windows
Drafty windows can add 10-20% to your heating bill. If your home has single-paned windows, as most U.S. homes do, you may want to consider replacing them with double-sided panes. New windows on the market are gas-filled with low emissivity (low-e) to help reduce air loss. Also, installing interior or exterior storm windows can reduce heat loss by 25-50%. Although replacing windows is pricey, you'll save bundles of cash in the long term. If replacing your windows is out of the question, there are other steps you can take. Attach a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet over the window frames, or tape clear plastic film to the insides of window frames to help keep warm air from leaking out. Try installing tight-fitting, insulated window shades on any windows that still feel drafty after they have been weatherized. Keep the shades on the south-facing sides of your house open during the day to allow sunlight in, and close them at night to keep out any chill. Just keeping your windows clean will help let more sunlight in, therefore increasing the warmth from solar gain.