Energy-Saving Tips for the Stylish, Design-Savvy Home

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Windows have a big impact on heating and cooling costs. Proper window treatments are an easy and fast solution to help make the home more energy efficient. The Shade Store offers expert design tips and modern, custom window treatment options to help lower energy costs and add style, design and value to any home.

Windows are thermal holes and can be responsible for a significant amount of a home's heat and air-conditioning energy loss. The quickest and easiest way to instantly help reduce energy costs, and make the home more comfortable year-round is to make windows more energy efficient with proper window treatments. The Shade Store offers exclusive window treatment collections custom designed to the customer's exact style and function specifications.

To help insulate the home from heat and cold, The Shade Store experts offer practical tips using custom shades, blinds, and drapery to improve a home's heat retention, lessen drafts, protect from harmful UV rays and achieve a modern, high-style decorating result.

Drapery, layered on top of existing shades or blinds or used alone, can easily protect a home from heat loss and unwanted drafts. The use of drapery offers an elegant and warm feeling to most rooms and for the greatest insulation benefits The Shade Store recommends using fabrics such as linen, cotton, wool sateen, wool flannel and suede. To further customize the look and maximize insulation, privacy and interlining can be added to any drapery fabric.

Custom roman shades offer style and function used alone or layered under drapery. Custom-made to the exact window measurements, The Shade Store roman shades further improve window energy efficiency and provide the room with a clean, tailored style. The Shade Store roman shade collection includes six different styles and multiple lining and decorative border options to help match any desired interior design look.

A versatile, highly energy efficient and economically solution for windows is a cellular shade. Cellular shades are specifically designed with unique honeycomb cells that trap air and insulate the window from heat and cold. The Shade Store collection of cellular shades is soft and subtle but highly durable and offered in a selection of fabrics in a modern color palette.

Solar shades can be beneficial in both warm and cool climates and for any time of the year. The solar shade material is specifically designed to filter harmful UV rays to protect interiors such as rugs, artwork and furniture from fading. Additionally, solar shades reduce the sun's glare on TV and computer screens, decrease unwanted heat coming in and insulate the window to help prevent air-conditioning energy from seeping out. Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, The Shade Store solar shade materials are Greenguard Certified and available in three levels of high-tech materials ranging from sheerest to densest to help control privacy and maintain the view.

The Shade Store is the modern solution for the design savvy consumer who seeks style and quality together with convenience and affordability. Specializing in custom, couture quality window treatments, The Shade Store exclusive products are available nationwide via a fully interactive online "storefront", catalogs, and flagship showroom and affiliate in-store boutiques. All showroom, in-store boutique and online custom orders are shipped in ten days or less.

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