Reduce your heating and cooling bill

Posted on: December 20, 2016, by :

The summer months can be brutal in terms of the cost of cooling your home, the same can be said of heating your home. Luckily, there are measures you can take to reduce the impact that the weather has on your heating and cooling bill that allow you to effectively keep your house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. One of them is dressing your windows to effectively reduce summer heat and maintain indoor heat during the winter months.

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Draperies are an inexpensive way to keep heat out during the summer and in during the winter. Thermal draperies that are medium in color, being neither dark nor light, can reduce the heat in a room by 33 percent during the summer months. Conversely, heat loss can be reduced by up to 25 percent. These draperies should be hung flush against the window and allowed to fall to the ground or to the to the end of the window sill. This creates an effective barrier against the outdoor elements.


Shades can be a highly effective way to avoid heat loss and can double as an insulating barrier. Window shades are both inexpensive and effective and come in many varieties. Dual shades in particular work very well with a highly reflective white side and a heat absorbing darker side. The reflective side should always face the warmest side of the house and should be drawn all day to be effective. Although it can be a little trying to open and close your shades at precisely the right time to maintain your home’s indoor temperature if you work as a UK parking control attendant and don’t have a set schedule, do the best you can anyway. The shades should mount flush against the glass and the wall to create a seal that blocks air flow. In this manner, shades have the ability to control the temperature and prevent a room from becoming too hot or too cold.


Both interior and exterior shutters impact heat loss and gain in your home by providing protection from extreme heat as well as cold loss during the winter. Solid panels are your best bet for controlling both heat loss and gain. Wood panels, a vapor barrier, and some form of covering are a very effective barrier when installed snugly against the window. They effectively trap air between the window and the shutters blocking air from entering the room. When you combine shutters with drapes or other window treatments the insulating effect becomes greater and more effective.

There are many ways that you can form insulating barriers by using window treatments to control the climate in your home. These methods eliminate the need to replace windows and create inexpensive ways to make your home more comfortable during both the winter and the summer months, in addition to reducing energy consumption. If you can control the extreme swings in room temperature you can control energy consumption and in turn control your electric bill.

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