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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

Using proper shading to reduce energy costs in your home

Posted: Friday, June 4th, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, Home cooling, sustainable living
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If you use the proper shading for your home there are many benefits for you and your home both. A benefit of great importance is reducing energy cost for shading your home properly. The benefits of proper shading don’t just stop there; other benefits in shading your home include reducing energy use, lowering energy cost, less fading to your prized home furnishings, and your home will have an overall comfortable temperature. The benefits listed above should be enough to get you motivated to shading your home the right way and soon.

Looking into different shading concepts when it comes to landscape design will reduce energy cost in your home. Installing patio awnings over windows or shade trees reduces room temperature up to 15 degrees saves 25% on the need for an air conditioner’s use. Not only does installing an awning over your window or planting shade trees help with room temperature but it looks very nice with a great landscaped plan.

Patio awnings and shade trees are great but often aren’t enough in regards to saving on energy cost. There are other options that are better for the home in regards to reducing energy cost as a whole. Shade installation is best for this purpose. The best shades for this purpose are exterior shade screens, sunscreen shades, shade clothes, and solar shields which prevent sun from entering windows the most.

No matter which option you chose take note that exterior shades are more effective then interior shades. Exterior shades are more effective because they block the sun’s rays before it hits your windows. If using interior blinds or drapes it is best to use light color shades or drapes because dark colors are welcoming to the sun rays. Have a cool summer and remember to install the proper shades for your needs before it gets too hot.