Decorate and Economize at the Same Time. Once you get into your new place, you want to paint, upgrade fixtures and add window coverings. While at it, consider extras that improve your bottom line. Some simple ideas that lower electricity and gas bills put your personal decorative stamp on your home at the same time:
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By far, you lose the most energy lost in your home through the combination of walls (35%) and roof (25%). Both areas benefit from additional insulation. The next place you lose energy, via the windows and doors— those beautiful openings that let in sunshine—results in another 25% of your energy loss.
Eventually, you want to upgrade your insulation if you lose energy through the walls and roof, and lower U-value windows and frames if your windows are older, but in the interim—especially to stretch your budget after buying your home—you can save on energy bills and decorate at the same time by careful selection of window coverings.
Decorate and Economize at the Same Time with Thermal window coverings
We think of "thermal" as keeping heat in (as in waffle-weave thermal underwear), but thermal window coverings keep the cold air out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. No matter what the season, they provide you with better control of your indoor temperature and therefore a reduction in your energy expenditure.
To keep cold out in the winter, layers control temperature better because heated air becomes trapped between the layers. Installing a lining between your decorative curtain and the window, or attaching a thermal lining to the back of your curtain improves the R-value of your window covering. You can also lay curtains over shades to provide a more stylish appearance and add an extra layer of thermal insulation.
Other options to adjust how heat and light enter your home include reflective window films and mesh window screens, awnings and roof overhangs.
Ask your real estate professional to help you determine which changes (exterior or interior) to make for improving your energy efficiency in your new home.
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