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The good news is that a few smart product choices, installation techniques and usage quidelines can easily cut energy bills between 10% and a whopping 50%.

a few smart product choices, installation techniques and usage quidelines can easily cut energy bills between 10% and a whopping 50%.

Here's a statistic you might not be aware of: "for most folks heating a home in winter, and cooling it in summer, accounts for over 40% of their utility costs." Breaking those costs down, as much as 15% can be attributed to heat lost through windows in winter. And in the warm season, sun coming in windows makes air conditioning work 2 or 3 times harder than normal.

In fact, "it's been calculated that the amount of energy Americans waste annually through poorly-insulated windows and doors about equals the energy we bring into the country through the Alaskan Oil Pipeline!"

The good news is that "a few smart product choices, installation techniques and usage quidelines can easily cut energy bills between 10% and a whopping 50%." Here a few of Smith+Noble's favorite suggestions:

Window shades, such as Smith+Noble fabric shades, natural woven shades, roller shades, honeycombs and solar shades, should all be mounted in your windows as close to the glass as possible, with the sides of the shades fitting close to the wall or moulding to create a sealed air space. This effect is much easier to achieve with Smith+Noble custom-made products than other, off-the-shelf window coverings, because the treatment is made to your precise measurements for perfect fit.

It's also energy-smart to lower shades on windows that get a lot of summer sun. And in winter, shades on the south side of your home should be raised during the day, then lowered at night.

When drawn during cold weather, draperies reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10%: so close all draperies at night, as well as draperies that don't receive sunlight during the day. Conversely, treatments on windows that receive sun should be left open during the day.

To reduce heat exchange or convection, draperies should be hung as close to windows as possible. Also, sizing them to puddle on the floor is not only beautiful but energy-smart. For maximum effectiveness, install a cornice at the top of a drapery or place the drapery against the ceiling. Then seal the drapery at both sides and overlap it in the center. Doing these things may reduce heat loss up to 25%.

Panels and drapery are most effective in tighter weave and upholstery weight fabrics, when hung in double layers, or with lining or innerlining. Smith+Noble offers multiple lining choices in many product styles, including fabric shades, natural woven shades, panels and drapery. Drapery lining choices include privacy, blockout, thermal, plus innerlining that provides ultimate insulation and is recommended for the harshest, cold-weather climate zones.

Two draperies hung together will create a tighter air space than just one drapery. One advantage is that the room-side drapery will maintain around
the same temperature as the interior space, adding to a room's comfort.

Smith+Noble also realizes that style is as important to consumers as functionality. And when it comes to custom window treatments, it's easy to accomplish both at once:

When installing new fabric panels, consider adding a few extra inches to the custom length you order. This will allow you to create a very stylish "puddling" effect of extra fabric on the floor - which also effectively cuts cold drafts! Smith+Noble recommends an extra 6" to 10" of panel length to create the desired look.

Wood blinds and shutters are not only energy efficient, but offer the added benefit of superb sound absorbtion, which minimizes the intrusion of outside noise into your home. Top with panels for even better results, and to create an elegant mixture of fabric and wood textures.

Adding a fabric valance or upholstered cornice over panels, shades or blinds is also both beautiful and energy-efficient: either top treatment style will block heat loss by redirecting naturally-rising warm air back into your room.

Have a warm, stylish and energy-efficient 2008!

About Smith+Noble
Founded in 1987, Smith+Noble's corporate offices, customer support center and 200+ employees are located an hour east of Los Angeles in Corona, California. In the course of 20 years in business Smith+Noble has custom-crafted over 8 million window treatments for America's finest homes and most discerning home owners. The company constantly searches the globe for innovative products and materials, and backs all sales with a Satisfaction Guarantee that's unique in the realm of custom-made products. To assist consumers in selecting the perfect window treatments for their needs, Smith+Noble customer service representatives receive extensive training on the style, operation and installation of every product. Smith+Noble is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).

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