The city of Seattle has a history of placing in the top ten “green” cities in the U.S. with a population over 250,000. The city has building programs and encourages residents to build or upgrade their homes to meet new green standards, which lowers energy consumption, reduces maintaince and saves money.

Window alterations are an easy way to make buildings more eco-friendly, as well as a great way to begin participating in reducing energy needs for the community. Homeowners can change single pane windows for double or triple pane, and receive discounts, tax write-offs or loans from their power company. Modern windows can replicate nostalgia windows from the early 1900s with the energy efficiency of today. Some companies can even rebuild old windows.

Wintertime in Seattle is known for days of gray skies, cold and rain. A less expensive way to update your windows is to change the draperies or paint the frames. These changes reflect the lifestyle or personality of the homeowner. Cleaning the windows lets more light into rooms, and brightens the atmosphere. Air leaks from around the windows can be sealed with silicone and a couple of coats of paint. A simple change like this can save a renter or homeowner in heating costs.

The short, dark days of winter or cloudy, rainy days of spring affect many people’s moods. A change in window coverings can bring color and warmth into a room. Blinds bring in the feel of modernism, while thick, heavy curtains are a reminder of older times. Window coverings can contribute to blocking out the cold that comes through windows in the winter, while reflecting the heat of sunlight in the summer.

Summer heat brings a need for air conditioners, heat pumps or opening windows for a breeze. Early spring is a great time to check window screens and replace the broken ones. Opening windows in the summer or warmer weather helps reduce smells and/or allergy causing particles in the house. It can reduce the heat inside with the breezes that come off Puget Sound.

There are many local companies that offer services to help make these changes.

Double-Hung Window Restoration
2208 N.W. 93rd St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 525-5575

Hours: No showroom, call for a home appointment

Double-Hung Window Restoration restores windows in older homes in the Seattle area on location with their mobile workshop. Each window is restored to function as originally designed, and updated to be energy-efficient. The company uses “old world” techniques in its restoration. This company may have a waiting list, due to the quality and price of its services.

118 Railroad Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 852-2517

Hours: Mon. to Fri. – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. – by appointment.

Purgerudes is family owned since 1957. The company has built its business on customer service and delivering quality custom products. It specializes in window treatments and interior design.

Seattle Curtain Mfg. Co.
104 12th
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0692

Hours: Mon. to Tues. and Thurs. to Fri. – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed. – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. – Closed.

Seattle Curtain Mfg. Co. is a fourth generation family owned business. The company visits the client’s home, takes measurements, gives a quote and installs the final product. The consultation and quote are free.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at


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