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How To Calculate Your Savings From Energy Saving Blinds

Many people are interested in energy saving blinds but they are hesitant because they question how much money they will actually be able to save. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to find this out. There are a number of websites online that provide you with a calculator to help work your savings out based on the square footage of your home. If you would prefer to work this out another way, however, you could use the information provided in this article.

  • Colour
    You may not have realized this, but the colour of your blinds can actually make a big difference to their efficiency. You should choose a light colour or a shiny surface to reflect light and heat, which is great for keeping your home cool during the summer. You should choose a dark colour to absorb heat, which is great for keeping your home warm during the winter.
  • Sunlight
    Did you know that, during the summer, windows can cause your energy consumption to increase by a whopping 20 to 50 percent of the total used in your home? This can cause your air conditioner to work as hard as 50 percent more than it has to. With the right sort of blinds, your energy usage will go down and so will your electricity bills.
  • Calculator
    It is important to keep in mind that the energy calculator only provides you with an estimate, but it will still give you a good idea of how much money you can save with energy saving blinds. All you need to do is enter the square footage of your home, choose from a range of styles and see what the results are. Try a few styles to see which has the best results.
  • Coefficient
    The coefficient rating is used to measure the blinds’ ability to insulate your home and how well it is able to block out solar energy. In this case, you want the result to be a low number, as the lower the number the better the blind will be able to keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Not all shades have a rating.
  • Rebates
    You also may not have realized that it is possible to get a tax rebate from the government if you invest in efficient blinds. It is important to investigate these rebates before you make a purchase, however, as you may not be eligible or you might only be eligible if you purchase from a particular window covering company; don’t make a mistake.

In an average home, you can expect to save between $200 and $400 thanks to the addition of energy saving blinds. On top of these lower electricity bills (which look much nicer on the fridge than ones with big red marks), you will be able to use your air conditioner and heater less often (which will also work to decrease your electricity bills). In doing so, you will be able to keep your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer.

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