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Yes and no. When used properly plantation shutters can be the most energy efficient window treatment. The key is keeping the panels and louvers closed during the coldest or hottest times of the day. The air pocket formed between the window and closed shutters make a great insulator. When the shutter panel is opened or the louvers are in the open position you lose the insulating factor of the air pocket.

All shutter materials are energy efficient when the shutters are in the closed position.

Keep your shutters closed during the coldest and hottest times and you will see a decrease in your energy bills. Some consumers have claimed their energy savings paid for their plantation shutters within 7 years.

Plantation Shutter Anatomy