Up  to 50% of a home’s energy passes through windows, despite the fact that they only make up about 10 % of a home’s insulated shell.   Comparatively speaking, glass is a poor insulator and therefore loses a lot of energy.  What we pay for heating and cooling is lost as well.  Today’s new Energy Star double glazed windows are far more energy efficient, but I was surprised to learn that a lot of energy is still lost even with the newer windows.  In our cold New England winters (and often hot summers), you will benefit from energy efficient window coverings as well to conserve heat and reduce energy costs.

Energy saving window treatments have come a long way since the heavy quilted panels we all know.  They worked great, but weren’t too attractive.  One window treatment particularly noted for its energy efficiency is the new honeycomb within a honeycomb shade, which forms three air pockets for superior insulation between the window and the room. They are good looking, come in a variety of colors and may qualify for a federal tax credit.  Thermal draperies, insulated shades and blinds and others offer different degrees of energy saving value as well as UV sun protection.  The proper window treatment can help you save up to 30% on energy bills.  Most good home decorating stores carry energy efficient options.

So when it’s time to replace your window coverings, consider energy efficient ones.  You’ll save in the long run.  The earth will too.


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