Single glazed windows were just about the only option in the past. If it became too cold, you added thick drapes and taped around the edges of the window to close up any leaks. That was about the best you could do.
Today, we’re far more fortunate. There are double, even triple, glazed windows that efficiently hold the heat during those bitter cold winter months and lock it out during those hot and humid summer months.
There is a catch, however. The cost of upgrading to double-glazed windows can be daunting. Over the long run, the upgrade will pay for itself, but upfront, it can seem cost-prohibitive.
So what are your options if you’re simply not in a position to upgrade?
Well, here’s an inexpensive alternative that can be quite effective: cover your windows with bubble wrap. This will provide you with several layers of insulation and you should quickly notice that the house is warmer. In fact, this little trick can reduce the heat loss through your windows by as much as 45%. That’s a significant savings. The drawback – there always seems to be a drawback, doesn’t there? – is that you’ll no longer have an enjoyable view of the backyard.
How does it work?
The idea is simple: cut a sheet of bubble wrap to fit the window, spray it gently with plain water, and stick it on to the window. It should stick there permanently. That is, until you want to remove it. It should peel away easily without leaving any residue that’s difficult to clean up.
As with most of the living green tips on this site, you’ll find that you not only reduce the demands on the environment with this tip, but you’ll also save money.