Old House Hack: Making Old Windows More Efficient
Save money on heating and cooling and reduce noise, too, with these genius window inserts.
If you have a historical home, you typically spend gobs of money replacing drafty windows. Portlander Sam Pardue wasn’t happy with that option, so the serial entrepreneur created the Indow window insert: a custom acrylic panel that fits into an existing interior window frame.
The panels are made in Portland, and they help reduce noise and energy loss by about 20 percent for a typical Seattle home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s comparable to a high-end replacement window. The only catch: You can’t open your windows unless you pop out the inserts. But even that is a cinch.