Increasing costs of power have begun to be a growing concern among homeowners not just in San Francisco, but all over the world too. Not just homeowners either, but renters as well. Saving on the energy bill is important to anyone.
It can seem like a daunting task to begin reducing your energy usage, but it doesn’t have to be. Reducing the amount of energy you use and saving on your power bill can be as simple as the right choice of blinds.
Window blinds come in a vast selection of patterns, styles, designs, and materials. From wood, faux-wood, aluminum, and more, your window blinds can suit any overall design aesthetic, while saving you money. Your windows are one of the biggest factors that affect your energy use. The glass allows sunlight and heat to enter your home, driving up your cooling costs. Conversely, they also let heat out, driving up your heating costs in the winter. By utilizing the tilt for your slats, you can reduce the amount of hard sunlight and heat that enters your home, which saves you money in the long run or reduce the amount of cool air that escapes.
Rather than replace your HVAC system, or install energy-efficient windows in your home, choose a new window treatment option such as blinds. Blinds are a far more cost-effective alternative, especially if your blinds are older and worn. Broken slats reduce the effectiveness, which can drain your energy efficiency. And all that’s needed is a repair or a replacement, rather than spending thousands of dollars on new windows.
The benefit of blinds is that you can adjust them depending on the time of day, or even the time of year. Choose to have them up or open to allow light in during the day to reduce the amount of electricity you use to light your home. During the summer, have them closed during the hottest part of the day to save on your cooling costs. In the winter, keep them open all day long to help heat your home and allow light in, so that your heating bill doesn’t break the bank.
Another fantastic thing about blinds is that they help save your wallet even while you’re on vacation. Keep them down while you’re away from home, to help trap the heat during the winter, or from coming in during the summer. This way, you can turn your thermostat off completely when you leave and not pay for its use when you aren’t even there. Plus, your drawn blinds will keep unwanted eyes from looking into your vacant home while you’re gone.
New and experienced homeowners are always looking for ways to cut back on energy consumption to help with their carbon footprint, and also to save them money. You don’t have to do any major renovations though to save money in the long term. Start saving money now, with the small changes like replacing your blinds, or repairing broken ones. Cool your home down or keep it warm with a fantastic window treatment addition by reaching out to Home Living Window Fashions today.