How Home Window Tinting Can Save Energy and Money

Posted by Charles Bonfiglio on January 13, 2016
How Home Window Tinting Can Save Energy and Money
Charles Bonfiglio

Your customers are looking for ways to cut their energy costs, especially as colder weather sweeps in. When they ask you for solutions, consider suggesting they take a tip from the auto world and tint their home’s windows. Not only does residential window film increase curb appeal, it also saves energy, which puts more money in their pocket and less carbon into the environment.

Energy Savings and More

Window film is a micro-thin layer of polyester and metal that is applied to existing windows. It comes in a variety of thicknesses. While most solar films range from 1-2 mil, specialty films for security and surface protection may be up to 10 mil.

As a point of comparison, clear single-pane windows have very low solar reflection and absorption and reject about 19% of the sun’s heat. Tinted windows glass are better at solar rejection, but still only reject 35-45% of the sun’s heat. Energy-saving films, however, reduce heat load by up to 84%.  

If customers are complaining about hot or cold spots, typically caused by imbalances between the sunny and shaded areas of the building, solar film can minimize the problem by equalizing the amount of light entering the home. In addition to reducing energy use, it also improves the home’s overall comfort level.

Many utility companies base their rate structure on the maximum peak load measurement. Solar film reduces that peak, thereby cutting the total electrical bill, sometimes by as much as 30 percent.

Cost of Window Film Retrofit vs. Window Replacement

One of the first questions you’ll get is, “How much will this cost?”

Window tint is an inexpensive way to improve a home’s efficiency, especially when compared to the cost of new windows. In fact, it costs about one-tenth as much to apply film as it does to replace windows. Recent estimates show that window tent costs $4-6 per foot, as opposed to replacement windows, which cost $40-$55 per foot.

Window film installation will pay for itself in two to five years, while replacement windows usually take about 10 years to pay for themselves.


Charles J. Bonfiglio is an American entrepreneur, franchisor, and president and CEO of Tint World. 

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