How to make a home addition more eco-friendly

You’ve watched every episode of Fixer Upper, absorbed all of Joanna Gaines’s home staging advice, and are ready to bask in the glow of your soon-to-be-completed sunroom. But winter is on its way, and that home addition is bound to cool down a bit with its exposed window walls. As you oversee construction, consider some energy efficient ways to keep your temperature comfortable all through the holiday season.

Below are three options that will keep you, the environment, and your wallet happy.

Weatherstrip Your Window Frames

Between online searches for decorating tips, make a quick run to your favorite home improvement store and grab a tube of clear caulk. It shouldn’t cost you more than ten dollars. With that, you can head back home and discreetly seal your window frames. This’ll help block those chilly drafts that tend to seep into your cozy home on particularly gusty winter nights.

Hang Insulated Curtains

If you don’t mind a more obvious (and possibly colorful) approach, opt for some insulated curtains. There are plenty of options on the market, ranging in color from deep greys to happy hues of yellow. As an added bonus, this is a quick way to give your sunroom some personality without dropping much more than a hundred dollars (depending on how many windows you cover). And you need not fret the possibility of losing the daylight to your new lengths of drapery. When it’s toastier during the afternoon, pull back the curtains and enjoy some rays. As the temperature dips with the sun around five o’clock, you can draw the curtains and warm up for the evening again.

Plug in a Heater or Blanket

If you’re aiming for a more electric vibe in your sunroom, change things up and check out some space heaters. There are several energy efficient and reasonably priced options in stores and online today, and most designs are much sleeker and less obtrusive than before.

The same goes for electric blankets—you can find quite a few inexpensive options that look like your typical comforters and fit in perfectly with your other snuggly linens. Either option includes a thermostat or timer to prevent you from overwhelming your electric bill throughout the winter months.

While you may spend a bit more when you buy these options, you can certainly find something for around sixty dollars if you’re not interested in spending much at checkout. Of course, if you do have a little more cash to work with, you can find some nicer options for around one hundred or two hundred dollars (or even four hundred dollars, when you’re solely on the hunt for a space heater).

Whether you’re going the more decorative route or just looking for something to plug in and do all the work for you, you’ve got some choices to make. But the good news is that you really won’t break the bank with any of these options. Plus, Mother Nature will appreciate you keeping her health in mind.

Now, get to shopping!