Best Window Treatments to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Home
Reducing your home’s carbon footprint has become one of the best ways homeowners can help create a more sustainable planet. By simply changing your daily habits, you can help reduce greenhouse gasses produced when using fossil fuels.
Over our 50 years of interior design experience, we’ve found that the right window treatments can reduce up to 10% of your home’s carbon footprint. The US Department of Energy studies have also proven that energy-efficient blinds [and other window treatments] can reduce up to $100 in annual costs in single-family homes, which also reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
Make your window treatments more effective by changing the materials, number of layers, and design when you upgrade to energy-efficient window treatments. Work with your local Design Consultant to find the right energy-efficient window treatments for your home!
Solar shades are designed to keep your home cooler by reflecting sunlight. They are also available in various colors and styles, so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your home’s décor. We highly recommend solar shades in rooms that receive direct sunlight to help curb the most extreme heat during the day.
Cellular shades are made with a honeycomb-shaped material, creating an insulating barrier between your home and the outside. They can help to keep your home cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months, and they can also help reduce outside noise. Additionally, cellular shades can help reduce energy loss and your monthly energy bill.
Double-Hung & Triple-Hung Window Treatments
This energy-saving hack entails having two or three sets of panes instead of one, creating extra insulating layers. The additional insulating layers help maintain your home’s temperature and reduce outside noises, similar to cellular shades.
When choosing window treatments for your home, it is important to consider the climate in your area. If you live in a warm climate, you will need shades good at reflecting sunlight. If you live in a cold climate, you will need shades built to insulate your home.
You should also consider the style of your home when choosing window treatments. If you have a traditional home, wood blinds and curtains look seamless in a traditional interior design. Metal blinds and shades go best with a modern interior style.
No matter what type of window treatments you choose, make sure they are made from sustainable materials. This will help reduce your home’s environmental impact.
5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
If you want to do more to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, here are a few more easy things you can do at home!
- Raise your thermostat in warmer months and lower it in colder months
- Switch to incandescent light bulbs
- Turn off lights when not in use
- Recycle and reuse
- Reduce food waste
Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint with Louver Shop
Reducing your home’s carbon footprint and creating a more sustainable planet can begin today! Book a free, in-home consultation with your local Louver Shop Design Consultant to learn more about energy-efficient and insulating window treatments.
We are dedicated to creating homes our clients are proud of, and we do that with custom window treatments and sustainable design. Contact us today to get started with your next interior design project!