Find the Best Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

Before you buy window covers for your home, take a little time to understand the complexities of energy-efficient window treatments — including the pros and cons of insulated curtains, thermal panels, cellular shades and more. And check out our DIY window treatments that’ll keep you comfortable while saving you money.

Energy flies right out the window when there are no insulated coverings, as this heat map reveals.
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Commercially available insulated window covers include these thermal shades from
Photo Courtesy HeatSaver Shades
Hunter Douglas’s Duette Architella cellular shades are commercially available and qualify for Federal Energy Tax Credits through Dec. 31, 2013.
Photo Courtesy Hunter Douglas
Bubble Wrap is a quick way to insulate a window when the view doesn't matter. Find directions for this and other DIY window coverings at
Photo Courtesy Build It Solar/Gary Reysa
Interior storm windows made of clear acrylic panels are nearly invisible and maintain the view. Find directions for this and other DIY window coverings at
Photo Courtesy Build It Solar/Gary Reysa
Find the best energy-efficient window treatment for your situation using this helpful chart from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

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