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Window coverings for a greener home

Window coverings come in all shapes and sizes. They let light in or block it out, they are elements of indoor design and they protect your privacy when you need it the most. But did you know that the right window covering can also help you save on your electricity bill? There are a variety of modern blinds available in all your favourite styles and colors that will also contribute to saving electricity, thus towards a green home and a greener planet.

Window Covering

Energy-efficient window coverings work in three ways. They control how much sunlight is transformed into heat by blocking it in the summer, thus keeping your home cooler, or by letting more light in the winter, thus helping to heat your home naturally. They also help reduce gain or loss of heat through the windows by putting a layer of air between your window and your home, thus insulating your windows efficiently. Lastly, they let enough sunlight in so you don’t need to have all your electric lights open during the day. So the advantages of green window coverings are linked to light and heat; controlling those two factors are the basics of saving energy for your home.

The efficiency of a window covering is determined by its R rating. The higher the number, the higher the insulating factor is. There are many different types of window coverings, and you don’t need to use the same throughout your house. In fact, the orientation of your windows (north, south, east, west) will determine, along with other factors, what kind of window covering you really need. If your house gets really hot in the summer because of west-facing windows, adding an outdoor awning will keep out the harsh summer light and keep your house cooler. It will also let the more slanting winter light in to help you heat it up during the cold months. On south-facing windows, you should use coverings that let a lot of light in, since southern light is the best natural light for your home. There isn’t much you can do with a north-facing window as there is usually little light that comes through it, so feel free to use any kind of covering that suits your needs.

If you already have curtains and drapes, you can easily modify them to make them more energy-efficient. By reducing (or completely closing) the gap at the top and bottom of the drapes, you create an air pocket that will serve as an excellent insulation. Use a white plastic “underdrape” behind your drapes so that the summer light will reflect on it and won’t enter your home. You will save a lot of money on electricity that way, especially if you use air conditioning. The tighter the fabric, the more efficient your drapes will be.

Window Curtains

Companies have come up with more efficient blinds, where the structure of the blind stop airflow and reflect sunlight more efficiently. You should visit your renovation or window covering store and request these products. If you are looking to save on your electricity bill or simply to make your home more energy-efficient, then you should look into changing your window coverings. It is often much cheaper than changing your windows altogether.

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  • Nice post.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!

  • Fantastic post. I really liked the images you used. Gorgeous views. Window coverings not only help with energy costs and efficiency but they look good.

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