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Our new (well we moved here last February) house has a one-story, on-a-slab addition that has old windows and is apparently very poorly insulated. The rest of the house retains the heat really well but sitting in the addition (our family room and where we keep the PC!) is like sitting in a freezer in the winter.<br><br>
I already pulled back the molding and put spray-in insulation in between the windows and framing and then put plastic over the windows. There are French doors in here, too, and I did the insulation thing and then sealed the cracks with removable caulk.<br><br>
I think I need to put up insulating curtains, too, though, 'cause it still feels kind of drafty and COLD! One of the windows is huge, the other one is maybe 3' x 4' and then there are the French doors, of course. Money is tight and I was going to try to use some old comforters, but if I could find actual curtains for cheap I might do that.<br><br>
Any thoughts? TIA!
 

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My daughter's room has a beach theme, and I put up beach towels on her windows. My son's room is army themed, and I hung my husbands old army wool blanket up. Our bedroom is a bit shabby chic meets country farm, and I have an old quilt as my curtain.<br><br>
Downstairs I have a matching quilts on my sliding glass door, as a throw on the couch. I know it sounds kind of strange, but it works really well.
 

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We are looking into trying these on our windows...we live in an old (1940's) 1 1/2 story farmhouse, with the wood casement/sill around the windows...sort of the "character" look, which I like, but we cannot afford right now to replace our windows (12,000 CDN to replace our 17 windows...if we pop out the window and put one in the same frame).<br><br>
go to <a href="http://www.windotherm.com/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.windotherm.com/index.htm</a><br><br>
They say they are about 9.00 per square foot and they give you measuring instructions online. They apparently have a bit of cushion/insulating between two layers, and then create another "cushion" of air when you put them on the inside of the window frame in your house. Kind of like the plastic kits from the store that you use a hairdryer with, but maybe better.<br><br>
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You can make them yourself.<br><br><a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homesteading-and-Self-Reliance/1983-11-01/The-Homemade-Thermal-Shade.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homes...mal-Shade.aspx</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can make them yourself.<br><br><a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homesteading-and-Self-Reliance/1983-11-01/The-Homemade-Thermal-Shade.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/Homes...mal-Shade.aspx</a></div>
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Ack, I could so <i>not</i> make them myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I saw some really pretty ones at linens and things recently. There were 3 layers, a pretty material facing the room, then a layer of thin polar fleece in the middle, and a thin white material facing outside. I often get 20% off coupons to lnt, you could get them one at a time as you get coupons. (that is, if you liked the fabric, I thought they were pretty, but wouldn't have worked in our house.<br><br>
Or you could get some of the honeycomb shades. We have them on some of the old windows, and I think they came from jcpenney. They do keep out the cold, however, I only close them after the sun goes around for the day.
 

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I also could not make them myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
The time expenditiure, plus the fact I would have to wangle a sewing machine from someone else are definite minuses for me. Hence, the Windowtherm stuff I linked above. It has already gotten quite cold, but we are looking at these as a serious investment for next year, and just today I got some caulking for the edges between the walls and the window casing indoors...I don't want to pry it off with a crowbar and spray in foam just yet, and weather stripping (I discovered our windows, which are those "tin" ones that one sees in older mobile homes, has none in the grooves the window sits in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We will do this and then just plain old plastic and a hairdryer for now!
 

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If anyone here has a window with good Southern exposure that isn't seen by the neighbors (or you don't care what the neighbors think) you might try looking into making a solar panel using a grid of aluminum soda cans painted flat/matte black.<br><br>
I have seen a couple of designs, one is placed on the ground outside but you have the additional problem of getting the heat into the house.<br><br>
The more practical design is intended to be hung inside the house from a heavy curtain rod.<br><br>
I have also heard of someone lining a double pane window with a mylar covered foam. I'm wondering if you could simply get a rigid piece of foam, cut it to fit your windows, and paint it flat/matte black. The black paint would face the outside to absorp the light.<br><br>
And you could move the foam from one sunny window to the next.<br><br>
~Cath
 
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