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Homeowners Tips for a More Energy Efficient Winter

Posted: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: awnings, Home Improvement, Remodeling
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 Whether or not you live in a home or an apartment, there are a few simple steps that everyone can take to conserve a little more energy (and a little more cash).  We’ve collected a few of our favorites.  They are simple and easy, and can make a real, tangible difference to your heating bills in the winter months.


1.  Installing evergreen plants close to your house can help you save up to 30% in energy costs.  If you are going to plant trees as a windbreak, you should plant them on the north and northwest side of your home.  This way, they will block the winds, but not the sunshine (which travels lower on the southern horizon in the winter).  It is important to keep in mind that windbreaks work best when the evergreen trees you are planting are less than the length of two trees from your home.


2 . Installing Storm Doors can help you save on heating costs, and there are many high end doors that will not take away from your design aesthetic.  Likewise a storm panel added to single pane windows can reduce your winter heat losses by as much as 50% (that’s pretty astounding).


3.  Controlling the light that enters your home during dark winter months can leverage the most natural way to help efficiently heat your space.  Electronically programmed window shades can allow you to program shades to be open and to capture the heat of the sunshine at midday, even when you are not at home (or when you are too busy to remember that it is time to open or close the curtains to save energy!).


4.  Factoring draperies into your design can help you save 10% of your heat losses during the winter months.  That statistic is reflective of conventional draperies.  For rooms that take advantage of high end blackout shades can gain even more savings in heat losses during winter months.


5.  Make sure your furniture is clear of all heating intake and outtake vents.  It may sound like a simple common sense tip, but sometimes our design can get in the way of energy efficiency.  If at all possible, be sure to let furniture, rugs, and other decorative items remain clear of your vents.


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