When it comes to green home improvements and sustainable homes, greening your windows is one good way to go. Green windows are energy efficient. This means that you experience reduced light bills, reduced noise pollution with their insulation, better ventilation and reduced amounts of ultraviolet rays that get through and help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. There are green windows out there to purchase but if you are reading this article, it means that you are not looking to purchase green windows. You are rather seeking ways to make your windows green all by yourself and without spending too much money. So, here are five easy-peasy ways you can do so:
- Caulking and weather-stripping: A simple, cheap and very effective way to green your windows is to plug any air leaks. If your window has leaks, your heating and cooling system has to work more to maintain the internal temperature of your home. Caulk both the interior and exterior of the casing of your window and weather-strip the sash of the window. This is probably the first step you should take when greening your windows.
- Window insulation: Insulate your windows without using window insulating shade but bubble wrap. This is a very cheap and simple way of insulating your windows. Bubble wrap can make the view from your window fuzzy so you should avoid using it on windows where it is important that you have a fine and clear view. To use bubble wrap as insulation, all you have to do is cut the bubble wrap to fit the size of the window pane, spray a film of water on the glass (the water will make the bubble wrap adhere to the window) and while the glass is still wet, press the bubble wrap on it with the bubble side facing the glass. Bubble wrap does not stain your glass. You can easily remove the bubble wrap by pulling it loose starting from a corner and you can reuse it over and over.
- Use window film or solar shade: You will have to spend some money on this. To cut down glare and reduce the amount of UV rays that get into the room, you will have to get window film or solar shade. The film sticks directly to your window, apply it starting from one corner or edge of the window and press it firmly against the window to ensure it lies flat.
- Use honeycomb shades: These shades are also known as cellular shades and they are made with multiple folds of fabric that create air pockets which help insulate windows. To get more out of the honeycomb shades, hang a curtain over the shades as this will make your house warmer.
- Use heavy curtains: When it is winter, you wear heavier and thicker clothing. You windows can do the same. Using heavy curtains such as those made from velvet or linen provide insulation and block drafts from coming through your windows.