The past week has seen some low overnight temperatures here in the Northeast. More than a few of my friends admitted to turning the heat on and I've seen numerous chimneys coughing up the first smoke of the season. Fall isn't even officially here but I know many people are thinking the same thing: winter is coming.
The guy next door, however, has a rather older home with what looks to be single-pane windows. In the wintertime he installs plastic window insulation, which I have never fully embraced. Personally, I find them to be a little tacky. I compare them to the black winter wheels I used to have to put on my old Sentra in the winter: they knock the car's looks down a few pegs for about 6 months, but they get the job done.
As I understand it, installing window plastic can potentially save a homeowner $20 per window over the season. It's not a gigantic savings, but it's something. And that combined with a few other energy-saving moves can make a pretty big difference over the colder months.
The real upside to window plastic? It's a pretty inexpensive purchase and dead simple to install: clean the glass, measure and cut the film to fit, apply adhesive and film or tape the plastic in place and then use a hair-dryer to shrink-fit the film tightly across the window.
Those with a real fixation on cutting the heating bill will find this an easy list item to cross off in the coming weekends. Me? I'm pretty happy with the windows' performance. I think I'll leave them be.