How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be good to share some ideas on how to be more energy efficient. There are many things you can do to help make your home more energy efficient. Including our favorite, use interlined draperies in your home to keep the cold and heat out! Read on for more ideas that will help you save money in both the winter and summer months:

Get rid of energy vampires: cell phone chargers, electric toothbrushes, and other appliances still consume electricity even if they are not in use or turned off. By plugging them in just when they need to be used, you can save on average 6-8% of electricity, which accounts for an overall amount of $7 billion nationwide.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs: in 2014, manufacturers stopped producing 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs (100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out). But we’re not doomed to live in the dark. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient than your old incandescent bulbs. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.

Reverse your ceiling fan in winter: ceiling fans are more energy efficient than air conditioners, so if you can make the switch, do so. Secondly, ceiling fans can help keep your home warmer in the winter by simple reversing the fan’s direction to spin clockwise. In doing so, you’ll push the hot air downwards so that any heating that rises will be evenly distributed throughout your home.

Add Insulation to Your Attic: adding insulation to your attic can help seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. The amount of insulation needed to cover your attic depends on your home’s size and the climate in your region, but you will recoup your money in a couple of years.

Wash your clothes with warm or cold water: 90% of the electricity consumed by your washer is used to heat up water. The next time you put a load in, make sure that you use soap that can be used with cold or warm water and adjust the settings.

Switch to low flow showers heads: the average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, but changing them with low flow options you can reduce your consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute or less.

Buy Energy Star Products: Energy Star products, such as refrigerators, televisions, stoves, washers and air conditioners, meet energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. If you plan to replace an appliance soon, consider getting an Energy Star-certified product.

Window treatments & rugs insulate your home: window treatments and rugs can be strategically used to maintain your home’s temperature. In the winter draw your drapes or shades at night to block out the cold air and keep the warmth in. Interlining your window coverings can add added insulation properties. Contact us for more information on this.

Using Ceiling Fans to Reduce Cooling Costs

It’s Spring! And here in Phoenix our temperatures have already reached the nineties! Which means most people have started using their ceiling fans (and probably air conditioners!).  Here are a few tips and ideas for cooling your home with ceiling fans.

One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process.

The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season.

The forward rotation direction where the blades move counterclockwise (where the leading blade is pointing upward), is used in the summertime. This setting cools the room via the wind-chill effect, as the air is forced down on you. With a ceiling fan running in this direction, the temperature will feel about eight degrees cooler than it actually is.

The reverse setting, where the blades move clockwise (and the leading blade is pointing downward), pulls cool air upward, forcing the warmer air near the ceiling downward to heat the room. The fan should be set at a low speed in this direction.

By manipulating the rotation direction you can affect the room temperature without having to adjust your thermostat. Not having to use your home heating and cooling systems as much will reduce your energy costs and help you to be more environmentally conservative.

An energy-efficient home will allow you to lower your home’s heating and cooling bills. One of the most effective ways to enhance your ceiling fans’ cooling and heating effects is to insulate your home through window coverings.

The harder your home’s heating and cooling systems have to work to maintain a comfortable temperature, the more expensive your heating and cooling costs will be. By taking steps to warm your home in the winter and cool it in the summer, especially through insulated draperies, you will reduce your home’s energy demands, resulting in lower bills.

If you need more information on insulated window treatments, contact us here at DrapeStyle. We have been making custom window treatments for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you find a solution to your heating and cooling costs. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, your windows will be efficient and look great!

Window Treatment Benefits

Window treatments are much more than a covering for your windows. Benefits include enhancing the functionality and style of your windows, increase your homes value, and provide much needed privacy and temperature control.

Some of the most common types of treatments include drapes, curtains, sheers, blinds, and shutters. They can be used alone or combined with other styles. Some of the reasons for choosing window treatments include:

Aesthetics: One of the main advantages of using the window treatments is to enhance the overall visual appeal of your rooms. You can choose from different types of treatments according to your interior design. A window treatment can transform any room. Often, the rooms in our home become boring and we want to change things up. This usually means moving furniture or buying brand new pieces. However, a custom window treatment can make any room look completely different. By increasing or decreasing the amount of light a room receives, it can look brand new.

Privacy: Our custom window treatments allow you to control not only the light levels in your home but privacy as well. For many, the home is our private space so being able to block the outside world is something we desire. Our custom treatments allow you to do just that, making your home feel as private as you would like.

Blocking UV rays: When light shines in our home, we are exposing ourselves to the harmful ultraviolet rays the sun emits. One of the best Benefits of Window Treatment is being able to filter these rays. Our treatments can filter sunlight so UV rays do not cause damage to your skin. Long-term exposure to UV rays can cause irreparable damage and even cancer.

Energy saving: Most window treatments are good insulators. When it is very hot outside the covering on your windows prevent the heat from entering inside. In the same way, during winter, the heat from inside the room does not escape outside letting you to enjoy the warmth inside. So you will be using less of the heating and cooling devices, ultimately leading to energy savings and energy efficiency.

Easy Maintenance: Most window treatments are easy to maintain. Draperies and fabric shades may need to be professionally cleaned occasionally. But most times, a light vacuuming or dusting will help keep them looking great for years.

If you are in need of window treatments please visit our website www.DrapeStyle.com. We have been making custom draperies, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re sure to find a fabric that will compliment your home. Contact us for more information.