Winterize Your Windows

Windows account for up to 30 percent of all heat lost in the home. That adds up to lots of dollars you're paying for heat you're not getting.

Winterizing your windows is a simple process with lots of cost-effective options you can execute on your own. There are a few different methods we've employed at Better Farm that cost next-to-nothing but have made a big difference.
  • The Wonderful World of Caulk Wander around your house and look for any space between your window moulding and wall (especially gaps behind the moulding itself). Carefully apply caulk to the gaps you find, then sit back and revel in the end of drafts.
  • Insulation Around Windows  In renovations last year, we removed the edging around some windows upstairs and discovered there was no insulation between window and wall. It only took about 10 minutes to wedge insulation into the cracks (caulk for particularly small cracks), and another 20 to reattach the moulding.
  • Thermal Curtains  JC Penney's Linden Street line has a bunch of thermal curtains to choose from that work wonders to stop drafts. The craftier among you might be interested in Jo Ann Fabrics' insulated window treatment liner that you can stitch into your own custom drapes.
  • Locking all Windows With many newer windows, locking them makes a tight, closed seal. This is an easy and free way to reduce air leaks.
  • Plants as Cold Barrier With vertical gardens all the rage, why not capitalize on the added insular effect of a wall of plants? Beautiful, good for the air, and an additional weather barrier? Yes, please.
Follow any or all of these tips and we promise you'll feel a dramatic difference. And let's spread the warmth! Please let us know about any other cold-weather strategies you're employing this season. Happy heating!
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.