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Energy Saving Window Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Energy Saving Window Tips and Tricks

Here are some of the best ways to keep your utilities bills low

Every time the seasons change, we get lots of questions from people about tips and tricks to make their windows more energy efficient. Here are some of the best ways to keep your utilities bills low even when the weather outside is being crazy and erratic:

    1. Caulk is your best friend when it comes to keeping your windows safe from drafts. Apply a thin line everywhere that there is a gap where air can come through. Just make sure not to put it in the sash itself where the window is supposed to be open. A few dollars saved on your energy bill is not worth your safety when your window can’t open any more in case of an emergency!
    2. We love sunlight as much as anyone (that’s why we’re in the windows business here at The Glass Experts!). But during certain times of year, it is really good to go ahead and use curtains. If you can put up with having your home be a little darker on the inside for a while, you can save a lot of money whether it is cold outside or blisteringly hot.
    3. While it is always best to have a professional take care of your tinting needs, there are also plenty of ways to take care of DIY tinting for yourself. Tinting your west facing windows will help to keep the harsh afternoon light from coming in quite so strongly. Not only does this help to keep you from going blind when the sun shines directly into your eyes, but it also helps to keep the sunlight from heating the room up like an oven.

Energy efficient windows

    Of course, the absolute best way to keep your home energy efficient is by actually investing in energy efficient windows that are built to keep the inside temperatures in and the outside temperatures out. This is not so much a tip or trick as an observation of what the best strategy is. The fact is, though, there is a limit to how energy efficient you can make old windows by continuing to slather on caulk year after year. It does make a difference and can help save money in electricity costs, but in the end it doesn’t save as much as just replacing your windows would. In addition, energy saving windows from The Glass Experts will look great, as opposed to old windows that have tons of caulk around them until they have to be scraped off just to look decent. For efficiency and great looks, you really can’t beat energy efficient windows from The Glass Experts!