Cutting down on the energy you use
There’s never been a better time to look at energy consumption. Neither the cost of energy nor climate change are ever far from the headlines – so it’s understandable that energy use is on our minds.
The reality is that no single step a person or household can make will significantly change the amount of energy they use.
That said, a series of minor lifestyle adjustments and product decisions does add up – and the window coverings we choose for our home are an essential part of that puzzle.
The right shutters, curtains and blinds can add a layer of additional insulation to your home. This is important because your windows and doors are responsible for much of your home’s heat loss and gain.
If you can block some cold from permeating your home, you’ll naturally find that your central heating boiler isn’t kicking into life quite so much.
So, which window coverings are suitable if you hope to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer?
Industry studies have shown that a shutter and blind combination is the most effective way of insulating your windows.
However, a thermal blind and thermally lined curtains are not too far behind.
It’s unrealistic to expect people shopping for window coverings to put insulation above all other factors – especially not an appealing design.
However, if you can find a design that also reduces energy consumption, it’s a solid win-win for your energy bills and the climate.