Energy Efficient Window Treatments Can Save You A Lot Of Moneytrustone3
Energy Efficient Window Treatments Can Save You A Lot Of Money
In these days of inflation and shrinking salaries, and the move to become more energy efficient, a choice of energy efficient window treatments can save you quite a bit of money over the year on your heating and cooling bills.
Many people who do not own their houses have no control over what kind of windows they have in their homes and apartments, and property owners are notorious for not caring about insulating their houses – the worst power bills I have seen come from the newer apartment complexes that have been built. My home is nearly 3000 square feet and because I have insulated window treatments, insulated doors and a foot of insulation in my attic, my power bills are one third of my daughter-in-law’s bills – and she lives in a brand new, tiny 800 square foot apartment!
I keep telling her she needs to get energy efficient window treatments. It’s hot 10 months of the year here, and by using energy efficient window treatments such as reflective blinds, or window film, she can keep her apartment comfortably cool without having to pull heavy drapes across the windows to block out the sun.
There is a wide range of energy efficient treatments to choose from and most just look like ordinary drapes or blinds. They offer protection against the heat and the cold, so energy efficient window treatments are suitable for every home. They deflect the sun’s heat during the summer months and do not only save you money on power bills, they can also stop your furnishings and carpets from fading.
It’s a fact that windows in a typical home account for half of the heat loss or gain within the house, and that’s more than the attic and the rest of the home’s structure combined. Energy efficient window treatments will also insulate your home against the cold – no more heavy drapes over single pane windows.
Untreated windows that face the sun let in twenty times more heat into your home than an equal area of wall. By taking control of the way the sun’s heat enters your house, you can save on summer energy bills and enjoy a certain amount of free heating in the winter, by reducing power consumption.
Honeycomb cell shades trap the heat and the cold preventing it from getting into the room and surprisingly, wood or faux wood blinds can conserve more energy than roller blinds or aluminum blinds.
Even if you can’t afford to replace your present window treatments all at once, it’s probably easy to figure out which of your windows is least efficient. Do that one first and watch your energy bills go down, then with the money you have saved you can start replacing all the other offending window treatments with energy efficient window treatments.
You can buy some really attractive insulated Roman window blinds, that roll up and down easily, or treat the windows with a darkening or reflective product, so you can still see in and out – it acts like sunglasses for your windows, just like car tinting.
If you want to save some money and stop giving it to the power company, take a look at some of the attractive energy efficient treatments today.