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What are Green window treatments?

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, Home cooling, sustainable living, window treatments
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Green window treatments (not the color green but eco-friendly green) come in many forms. Window treatments are inherently eco-friendly simply because of what they do to save on energy costs. Additionally many window treatments are now made from natural, biodegradable, recycled and other “green” materials. In keeping with today’s move towards earth friendly products, solar material manufacturers offer many Greenguard® certified fabrics. Essentially, using eco-friendly or Greenguard certified shading materials, not only saves on energy use; but knowing that you’re using green materials feels very rewarding.
As you can tell, there are many options in shading the home coupled with using green materials together. Adding eco-friendly window treatments for your windows will help save on the cost of energy use thus helping your finances and our planet. Doing so will also improve your home’s décor; adding beauty to the room. There are many choices in window treatments for you to help yourself and our climate today.

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.

Keeping your home cool without air conditioning

Posted: Friday, May 21st, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, sustainable living, window treatments
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Saving money on energy costs is possible by keeping your home cool without using the air conditioner. There are many tips out there for keeping your home cool that very in cost and simplicity. Tips can be as simple as opening windows at night keeping the air circulating with fans and closing the windows in the morning when the heat begins to rise. Tips can be a bit more complex, like going over how to shade your home properly to keep your home cool.

Starting with some simple home tips in keeping your home cool without turning on your air-conditioner can lead to comfort in your home. Keep ceiling fan and room fans on, use your air conditioners fan settings instead of your air conditioner if your air conditioning system allows for that. Minimizing cooking, hot showers and laundry will reduce the humidity in the home during the hotter part of the day. Wait till the cooler parts of the evening to do these daily tasks.

Shading your home will keep your home even cooler and will help keep the air conditioner too off mode more often. Shading your home can be done with trees and large bushes, especially if these trees and large bushes are offering your windows large amounts of shading. Using a reflective window film or retractable window awnings can help shade windows keeping your home cool. In regards to choosing blinds, drapes, or window shades, choosing light colored window shades helps reduce the need for using an air conditioner.

There are many shades to choose from and it is important to choose the best fit for your needs. There are blackout shades, sunscreen shades, sheer shades, privacy shades, recessed shades, roman shades, roller shades and many more. Let us know your needs and we can help you choose the right shades for your home.