Reducing energy costs with drafty window solutions

We understand that additional time spent at home may lead to higher energy usage. This blog offers DIY tips to help lower your energy use throughout the year.

Eliminate drafts to save money

Did you know that drafts can consume five to 30 percent of home energy usage, while 11 percent of heat loss is through doors and windows? While energy-efficient windows are a great solution, they can be expensive. Luckily, there’s a cost-effective and clear DIY solution that accomplishes the same goal.

DIY “Shrinky Dinks” for windows

If drafts are making your home downright frosty or it seems like hard-earned heating dollars are flying out the window, plastic sheeting is an effective solution. This DIY method will decrease drafts, make your home feel warmer during the winter, and is a relatively inexpensive way to reduce condensation buildup and save on energy bills.

Plastic shrink film insulation kits are available at most home improvement or hardware stores and online. Many kits include plastic sheeting that covers up to five standard windows. While this works best for single pane windows, one sheet can be used across several windows. The key is that the double-sided tape must be able to adhere to the inside or outside frame surface for several months. You can also buy plastic sheeting separately.

Insider tip: The small strips of tape that come with kits may be inadequate, so it’s a good idea to keep an additional roll of double-stick tape on hand.

Materials: Insulation kit(s) or plastic sheeting, scissors, utility knife, tape measure, hair dryer, microfiber cloth, cleaning spray or rubbing alcohol, extra double-sided tape

Step-by-step guide

  1. Thoroughly clean and dry the window frame
  2. Apply double-sided tape on all four sides, being careful not to leave any gaps
  3. Stretch a piece of plastic across the window, pressing against the tape to create a seal
  4. Trim any excess plastic with a pair of scissors or utility knife
  5. Use a blow dryer on its highest heat setting to shrink the plastic, removing any wrinkles to ensure an air-tight seal

Additional DIY home energy saving tips

Installing window coverings is one of the easiest ways to help insulate your house. Keep drapes, curtains, or blinds closed on cold days and open them on sunny days to save energy.

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