Window

8 ways to Green Your Window

Let the sun shine in without leaking energy. Boost the efficiency of your windows with these green strategies.

  1. Buy a draft stopper

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    These simple products cut down on air leakage.

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  2. Lower the shades

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    On hot days, lower the shades on windows that receive direct sunlight. On cold days, keep the curtains and blinds shut to help retain interior heat.

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  3. Install storm windows

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    If new energy-efficient windows don't fit your pocketbook or your antique house, opt for storm windows. Find out why some storm windows even outperform more expensive replacement windows.

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  4. Choose a window film

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    Adhesive films can enhance solar resistance or help control air gaps in the windows you already own.

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  5. Seal air leaks

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    Caulk or weatherstripping will do the trick.

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  6. Buy a low-e window

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    These products can significantly limit heat exchange.

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  7. Install double-pane windows

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    Double window panes keep heat out in warm months and in during cooler months. As a result, you'll cut heating costs by 34 percent and cooling costs by 38 percent.

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  8. Buy an ENERGY STAR skylight or solar tube

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    Roof windows are beautiful home additions but should be chosen carefully, too.

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