HIGH ELECTRIC BILL

Our electric bill just been increased to nearly double what it used to be.
The heating and cooling is what eats up most of the electricity.
Will thermal curtains or drapes help to reduce the heating and cooling enough to make buying and hanging them worth the effort?
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Freckles wrote:

Not enough info. It depends upon the number of windows that you have, their sizes, their locations, how well they are sealed, what type, and how much you plan on spending on the curtains. Even with that info the only way to know is to try it, and even then you would have to keep precise records of electric usage and average outdoor conditions both previous to and after hanging the curtains, over a period of several years. IOW your question isn't as simple as yes or no.
There are many ways to reduce electrical consumption. Here's a starting point:
http://www.wbdg.org/ccb/DOE/TECH/doe_v2.pdf
Just one of infinite articles on the subject to be found on the web. IMO it's probably a better option, if possible, to simply get a higher paying job :)
Richard Perry
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It also depends on the cost of the window treatment- and the cost to heat for a season.
If you can come up with; 1. the heating degree days for your area; 2. what type of windows you have now now[single pane, double hung, 100 yr old windows, or triple pane high-E 2 yr old windows]; and 3. the sizes and thermal efficiencies for the treatments you plan to do. then someone could tell you a ballpark of what you'd save per year.
If you ask where you intend to buy the treatments and they can't tell you-- then go someplace else.
Jim
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Freckles wrote:

It depends on what they cost.
My guess (and it's only that -- a guess) is that they might make a two or three percent difference.
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put your electricity on balanced billing and hire a hvac repairman and an electrician.
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buffalobill wrote:

I don't think anything needs repaired, our electric bill doubled this month as well because the local electric company uses natural gas to generate power and since the price of the gas has increased so has the price of the electricity.
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My bill went up last time, but I thought it was just the holiday decorations.
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Get references from neighbors and friends. Then get estimates for more insulation, new windows/doors, and a new HVAC system. Contractors will usually give those estimates for free. You don't have to do everything at once, but in many cases the payback can be very quick. Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for an energy loan, but even if you aren't, it is usually better to borrow the money and make payments, than to have high electric bills.

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"> Will thermal curtains or drapes help to reduce the heating and cooling

The way I would approach this is if I needed new curtains anyway, then I would take energy issues into account when I bought new ones. The incremental cost may be worth it over time. However, if I had curtains that were fine, I wouldn't buy new ones expecting to come out ahead in energy savings, as I doubt that will happen. You can get more mileage out of what you have by making sure they are closed at night and open any on the sunny side during day.
Also, as others have suggested, I'd look at other things that could have bigger impact and for less money. There are websites that will give you a list of things to look at. For most houses, fixing simple things like weather stripping around doors, making sure the water heater isn't set higher than necessary, installing an auto set back thermostat, replacing regular bulbs with CFI where practical, etc, will have a bigger cost/benefit than replacing drapes.
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Yes they will help you can add R 1- 4 with cullular shades with a track and curtains. A single pane window is R 1, a tri pane lowEargon R 3.3 apx. So you may depending on what you have you may tripple its R value. A typical wall is only apx R8 to R 12. But you dont say what you have or why you may be heating with electric since for most electricity is still 50% more than Ng. You don`t mention insulation, zone and the overall condition. Do an energy audit of your electric, you can do it with a clamp on amp meter and a Kill-A Watt meter. I reduced my electric from 60 a month to 16-30 by redoing everything. Even an old tv unused may take 3$ a month in standby and old friges can cost 15-20 a month a new unit can cost 5$ a month or less.
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Although it doesn't answer your initial question, re: Thermal Curtains. You may want to review why your heating or cooling so much.
To provide you with my experience, we have in the past heated our house hold to a ridiculous degree to compensate for poor insulation in the attic space. The previous owner's installed a nice shower stall; however, who ever did the installation didn't insulate around the stall and the air from the attic was comming in and freezing the pipes, and us in the master bedroom.
Adding some insulation has let me drop the house temperature down while we're not here. This is reducing the amount of on-time the furnace is going through and saving both on our electricity and oil consumption.
Regards, JW
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Although it doesn't answer your initial question, re: Thermal Curtains. You may want to review why your heating or cooling so much.
To provide you with my experience, we have in the past heated our house hold to a ridiculous degree to compensate for poor insulation in the attic space. The previous owner's installed a nice shower stall; however, who ever did the installation didn't insulate around the stall and the air from the attic was comming in and freezing the pipes, and us in the master bedroom.
Adding some insulation has let me drop the house temperature down while we're not here. This is reducing the amount of on-time the furnace is going through and saving both on our electricity and oil consumption.
Regards, JW
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