Here in New England, it’s officially the thick of winter. Big, crusty snowbanks line the streets; people bundled in scarves scamper from one place to the next. And my heating bill is starting to go – perhaps quite literally – through the roof.
The good news? There’s a lot you can do for energy efficiency, and whether or not you live in a freezing place, you’ll save on bills and stay more comfortable. One good place to start? Your curtains.
- Open them wide during the day. You don’t need solar panels to capture the sun’s energy! When it’s sunny, make sure your drapes are open. With solar energy streaming into your house, you can turn it into heat, greenhouse-style.
- Stop losing heat at night. Close the curtains. Windows are often the biggest way your home loses heat — and a curtain, especially a thick one, can help seal it off, reducing up to 10% energy loss.
- Consider a thicker “blanket.” Thermal curtains may cost a little up front, but they’re usually worth it in energy savings.
- Seal it off. We’ve heard suggestions of velcro, or magnetic tape — but whatever you do, the less airflow toward the window, the better.
- Got a heater next to the window? Tuck the curtain behind it. (Safely!) Draping a curtain over the heater can channel the heat straight out the glass window.
Got any great ideas about curtains or drapes? Let us know in the comments below!