I am a renter. Besides replacing my windows, what other options do I have to make my existing windows more energy efficient?

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I am a renter. Besides replacing my windows, what other options do I have to make my existing windows more energy efficient?

Asked by Michael Scott

I am thinking of different types of films, window treatments, curtains and blinds. I do not have the ability to plant shade trees or build eaves onto the house.

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Kati Curtis, LEED AP ID&C, CID's picture

Great question! A perfect solution is Hunter Douglas's Duette honeycomb shade. The patented cell-within-a-cell design of Duette Architella honeycomb shades traps more air, reducing the amount of heat that flows out of your home in the cold weather and into it in the warm weather by up to 50%.

They're the only window shades without add-on insulation systems to qualify for a federal tax credit opportunity under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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