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Old 01-08-2010, 07:11 AM   #1
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Lightbulb energy saving idea for curtains

Yesterday I conducted a small experiment on our front bedroom curtains. We have a panoramic window and the temps this week have been near zero. As you well know, there is a level of heat loss from the glass. I was thinking about a way to help insulate my window treatments.

Now let me preface this that I travel with a sewing machine and sew regularly. I got to thinking about the insulated batting that is used for potholders and oven mitts (insul-bright). If it works for that, why not try it for the curtain panels?

So I slipped some insul-brite between my fabric and lining. Know what? It really helps with heat loss! If you touch the regular curtains, they are freezing cold. The ones with the batting are much warmer. So I called this experiment a success!

Going forward, new curtains for our unit will have that batting from top to bottom. I am assuming that it will work in maintaining AC temps in warmer weather.

Now there is a trade-off. With the batting between the panels you will have less light filtering through. But for me, the insulating properties make up for the light.

This batting can be found at Hobby Lobby and Joann. It may be available through your local store. Just ask.

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Old 01-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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Great idea Lois. Thanks for the tip. will give this serious consideration here in the SouthWest for keeping out the summer heat.

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Great tip...I also travel with sewing maching...but it is for the sailboat.
I do need new curtains soon...may add your idea for both winter and summer.
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Thumbs up A truly useful innovation

I wonder if this would work in reverse for keeping cooler (via roof A/C) in the summer? We were discussing something like this idea for our motorhome front wrap-around curtain. Ditto on the great idea!
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I think it would work for keeping it cool as well. They use this material for insulated lunch bags, too...

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Silverback, I use the insulation in the summer, too. I have the insulation as a separate clip-on curtain, so that I can take it off and have the regular curtain as a single layer.
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We are thinking of eventually doing new curtains for our AS. I will definitely keep that in mind for ours. Those windows are great, but they allow a great deal of heat transfer.
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