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06/24/03

Energy Tips - Low-Cost, Energy-Efficient Window Treatments



DRAFT DODGER

To increase comfort use a “draft dodger.” It’s a long sand filled tube that blocks drafts when placed against the bottom edge of closed doors or closed draperies.
examples of draft dodgers

DRAPERY SEALS
Sealing drapery edges to the sides of windows with magnetic tape or Velcro tape will cut down on the heat loss from your home.
CLOSED CORNICE BOARD
A closed top cornice board will help stop heat loss from windows.
example of drapery seals
example of a closed cornice board


CURTAIN LINERS
Curtain liners, either purchased or made at home, will help keep heat inside your home.
example of curtain liners
ROLLER SHADES
Roller shades, mounted within the frame, fitting close to the top edges of the window, will stop heat loss if they fit snugly against the window sill. They can also provide summer time comfort.
example of roller shades

STYROFOAM INSULATION
Styrofoam insulating panels form an effective barrier at windows and keep expensive heat inside your home. Cover the panels with fabric, wall paper, or aluminum foil.
examples of styrofoam insulation

STORM WINDOWS
Storm windows made from furring strips and plastic sheets will increase winter comfort and cut heat loss. Mount them inside or outside your house.
example of storm windows


References

Energy Tips - Low-Cost, Energy-Efficient Window Treatments, Michigan State University Extension E888



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