Blinds Chalet's Tips for Reducing Energy Costs

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Energy conservation is a topic receiving a lot of attention these days and not necessarily because of the environmental impact. The current economy has caused Americans to look for ways to save money, and energy conservation in the home has been billed as a way to cut home energy costs.

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This shows us that people are interested, for one reason or another, in energy efficiency.

Energy conservation is a topic receiving a lot of attention these days and not necessarily because of the environmental impact. The current economy has caused Americans to look for ways to save money, and energy conservation in the home has been billed as a way to cut home energy costs.

"We are receiving more and more inquiries about energy efficient window blinds this year and what kind of impact energy efficient blinds can really make on an energy bill," says Ron Manwaring of Blinds Chalet. "This shows us that people are interested, for one reason or another, in energy efficiency."

On a typical home, windows account for nearly 40% of the heat gain or loss depending on the season, this in turn places close to 50% of the workload on your air conditioning system or heating system. Blinds can in fact provide some relief on heating and cooling costs by acting as a buffer either from the heat of the day or cold at night. Some blinds offer more insulation than others. For a complete list of energy efficient blinds visit http://www.blindschalet.com/blinds.aspx?upgrade=energy

In addition to energy efficient window blinds other areas in the home to consider are:    

1.    Check your insulation - the ceiling insulation is the most vital. Ceiling insulation should be a minimum of R-19. But higher ratings are suggested for many areas. Check suggestions for your region.

2.    Check your windows - dual pane windows increase the insulation factor by 400% in comparison to single pane windows. Considering the cost of the product and installation it is cheaper for many consumers to go with insulated window coverings.

3.    Check your caulking and weather stripping - if you are missing either it's like having a hole in your wall providing a means of escape for all your cooled or heated air; which is also a huge waste.

4.    Consider your water heater and water consumption - The water heater one of the appliances that runs year round. Review your utility bill during a month when other major appliances are not being used. To conserve you can turn your temperature settings down. If your water heater was not installed, insulation can easily be added by carefully wrapping your water heater with appropriate insulating material. To address water consumption, you can install a low flow shower head with a maximum of 3 gallons a minute. In addition, laundry should always be done with full loads.

5.    Consider fluorescent lighting - it uses less electricity and lasts about 10 times longer than other lighting options.

For more information on energy efficient window blinds and other energy saving tips contact Ron Manwaring at info (at) blindschalet (dot) com or by phone at: 1-888-633-7840 or 480-633-7840. Or visit Blinds Chalet online at http://www.blindschalet.com .

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Ron Manwaring
Blinds Chalet
http://www.BlindsChalet.com
Phone: 1-888-633-7840 or 480-633-7840
Email: info (at) blindschalet (dot) com

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