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Low-E Windows

Low-e or low-emissivity windows are windows where the glass has been treated with a special metallic coating that allows them to be more insulating (less emissive of radiant heat), therefore, much more energy-efficient, reducing the amount of mechanical heating and cooling that you need to do in your house. In order to improve the thermal efficiency of the window, a thin layer of coating is applied to the glass' surface, resulting in glass that cuts back the amount of UV and infrared radiation that is able to shine into your home in the hot summer months, and also allowing less radiant heat to escape through your windows during the winter months. Many low-e windows are Energy Star qualified and can lower your monthly electricity bill up to 15%. Almost every window size and shape today comes in a low-e version and these products can also make your home more comfortable in the winter by keep drafts at bay and keep your furniture from fading due to sunlight since they reflect the long-wave light rays that carry UV.

If you’ve been feeling the pinch like we have, you’ve probably learned to shop smarter, pack your own lunch, and cut back on the gourmet coffee, but you might still be missing out on big savings if your home hasn’t been optimized for energy efficiency. The good news is that just a few quick and easy DIY upgrades to your home could equate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year in savings on your energy bill. Crafting a home energy-optimization strategy sounds more daunting than it is. We’ve rounded up 15 great inexpensive and easy-to-find green home improvement products that will set you on the path towards a lower energy bill and more moolah in the bank – read on to get the inside scoop on all of them.

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9 Comments

  1. myfairlady February 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I’m looking for ceiling products made with natural products

  2. controlnroll January 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Control-n-Roll is a great new product designed to help save the average family of 4 up to $200 a year in toilet paper and paper towel waste. And it is made in America! http://www.controlnroll.com

  3. skylights October 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

    a lot of technology is sprouting today that promises us to save money but the simple ones are the most effective like having a sweater and a cup of hot drinks during cold weather. Sometimes we don’t need pricey appliances to cut down our bill, we just need to be resourceful and practice conservation at our own home

  4. debster333 October 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Great ideas now that winter is coming. Thanks!

  5. Lori Zimmer October 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Perfect timing to save a buck and some energy!

  6. Mike Chino October 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Tons of great tips here – I never knew those magnetic draft covers existed!

  7. Mark Boyer October 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Lots of great ideas here. Tea kettle + hot water bottle is my secret weapon.

  8. Kristine Lofgren October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    That draft stopper is clever – tons of great ideas!

  9. Alyssa Alimurung October 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This is such a helpful guide! That programmable thermostat looks awesome. Would love one of those in my home.

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