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How to Make Old Windows more Energy Efficient

Posted: Friday, September 27th, 2013 | Filed under: Blockout shades, drapery systems, Green shading, Remodeling
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Window replacement and maintenance are often the most overlooked project when considering home improvement. Purchasing Baltimore window replacements and installing more energy efficient windows is one way to ensure that the windows of a home are up to par and conserving the most energy. However, window replacements are not always necessary and in some historic districts there can be some very strict guidelines pertaining to what can and cannot be done to structures. There are several methods that homeowners can use to help older models become more energy efficient windows. A homeowner will most likely need to invest some money as well as some time in restoring the windows. Older windows can be repaired and updated whereas some of the newer window units are more difficult to repair or update. Here are a few things that homeowners can do to make their old windows more energy efficient. Read more »

Decrease your Carbon Footprint with Window Shades

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 | Filed under: Greener living, window shading, window treatments
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Proper shading can lower energy costs

Proper shading can lower energy costs

According to EarthEasy.com, air conditioners use up to 1/6th of electricity in the United States and peak at 43% during hot summer months. Think of the environmental impact if we as a race are able to lower those figures. The US Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling our homes through the use of furnaces and air conditioning units produces over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide. That is one massive carbon footprint. We all know that it is time for a change.

One easy, effective change to lower your effect on the environment is to use passive cooling techniques. The color of your house can certainly affect the temperature inside it. Pale, light colors reflect the sunlight and reduce heat absorption. Don’t forget the benefit of trees. Planting trees around your house can effectively lower your house’s internal temperature. Shade trees – such as poplar, ash, and maple trees – can grow into beneficial landscaping in just a few years’ time. A quick solution is the Royal Empress Tree, which grows as much as twelve feet in a single year.

Another simple passive cooling technique is effective window shades. We are not referring to the thick, heavy drapes that your grandma used. Today’s window treatments are lightweight and beautiful. While Shading Systems Inc offers black-out shades that keep all light out, they also offer privacy shades and solar shades. These options can allow you to monitor the amount of sun entering your home, while still controlling the amount of heat that comes in through the windows. This way you’ll still feel the sunny days of summer, without feeling it in your electric bill. Plus, you will be lowering your carbon footprint, and that’s beneficial to everyone.

Resources: http://eartheasy.com/live_naturalcooling.htm
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ShadeTrees.htm