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Energy Efficient Window Treatments To Lower Your Energy Bill

If you’re finding that you’re spending a lot of money on heating and cooling your home, or if your house gets very hot or very cold during particular seasons, an easy fix is energy efficient window treatments. Changing up your current window treatments could save you a lot of money on your energy bills. About 20% of simulated temperature is lost through windows, and rather than calling inexpensive contractors to renovate your home, try an easier fix – your windows!

Here are the top 5 energy efficient window treatments you can use to lower your energy bill and ensure your home stays warm:

Cellular Shades

These are considered the best and most energy efficient shades on the market. Using a series of cell pockets (similar to a honeycomb) to trap air around your windows, these type of window blinds ensure that your room stays temperate – warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Differing pleat sizes contribute to different amounts of energy saved. If you’re looking for automated window coverings, cellular shades can be fitted for motorization, helping you stay efficient, and giving you the added plus of convenience.

Draperies

A classic look that is timeless and appealing, drapes are available in thousands of shades, colours and patterns. Because of their thickness, drapes have the ability to block cold air from entering, and warm air from escaping. Thermal lined drapes help with extra coverage as well.

Shutters

Plantation shutters are thick and fit snugly against your window seal, trapping unwanted air between the glass and the covering, helping to insulate the room.

Exterior Shades

These shades are great for when your home gets too warm from excess sunlight. Helping to cut down your air conditioning bills, these shades prevent harsh sunlight from entering your home.

Combination Window Coverings

Depending on the severity of the problem, one window covering may not be enough. You can layer window treatments on top of each other to help increase the level of insulation. This can be done by adding drapes to cellular shades or shutters. The combination will help you reduce your energy bill, and still looks great and homey.

Some Tips for General Home Energy Efficiency

Aside from the window treatments, here are some ways you can help lower your bill even more:

What Makes a Home Energy Efficient?

When evaluating whether or not your home is performing efficiently when it comes to energy, some things to help you determine this are:

Government Grants You Should Know About

For those who are residents or business-owners in Ontario, there are government grants available for making the switch to energy-efficiency systems.

Making the switch to an energy-efficient lifestyle in your home is easier than it seems, and it can all start with a simple upgrade of your window treatments!