With energy prices skyrocketing, now is the perfect time to consider an eco-friendly home makeover to help reduce your household energy consumption. Lower electricity bills will be complemented by a lower carbon footprint and other positive environmental impacts. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency could also make it more attractive to potential buyers, if you plan to sell in the near future.
Investing in solar panels and roof insulation are obvious choices that can make a huge difference to your energy bills, and depending on where you live and the type of system you intend to install, you could qualify for government assistance.
Even small changes can make a real difference – switching your light globes to LEDs, turning off power points when not in use, and selecting energy efficient appliances, for instance. Installing appropriate window furnishings is another important strategy for increasing your home’s energy efficiency.
How Insulating Your Windows Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We all know that a well-insulated home can be a smart way to save energy – but did you know that up to 40 per cent of your home’s heating energy can be lost through the windows alone? Similarly, in summer, poorly insulated windows can allow too much of the sun’s heat inside and prompt increased use of air-conditioners to keep cool.
Block-out curtains offer fantastic insulating properties, as they help to trap hot or cold air next to the windows and prevent it from entering the main part of the room. Roman blinds, which are constructed of solid fabric, are another great choice for insulating windows and doors.
Whether you choose curtains or blinds to insulate your windows, it’s important to ensure they are snugly fitted without gaps that can allow trapped air to escape into the room. This will maximise their insulation benefits and help to reduce your household energy consumption. For help with this, contact us for a free measure and quote.
Selecting Natural Fabrics for Your Window Furnishings
Sustainable and ethically produced materials are a perfect place to start when selecting your fabric-based window furnishings. Organic linen is a great option for nature-inspired décor that won’t cause an environmental hazard when it reaches the end of its useful life.
According to Sustainable Jungle, around 80 per cent of furniture and furnishing waste eventually ends up in landfills. Therefore, selecting materials that are durable and biodegradable will help to minimise both the volume and environmental impact of waste these products are likely to produce.
The Natural Beauty of Sustainable Timber Shutters and Blinds
What better way to adorn the windows of your eco-friendly home than with the natural beauty of sustainable basswood timber? A plantation timber grown in cold alpine regions, basswood offers the strength and durability of premium hardwood, plus the fine texture needed to create a stunning, uniform finish.
Our Adagio timber shutters, crafted from sustainable basswood, are designed to meet the needs of the most discerning decorators. They come in a wide range of paint colours and natural stain finishes, and are backed by a generous five-year warranty.
Sustainable timber shutters infuse any space with the classic elegance and beauty of solid timber, while having the versatility to accommodate a range of window designs. Indeed, no other window furnishing is so adept at capturing the light and breezes while simultaneously providing privacy and security.
If venetian blinds are more your style, we also stock a range of sustainable basswood timber venetians, which can be customised to fit any space. Available in multiple blade widths and an extensive range of colours to match your décor, timber venetian blinds are a timelessly elegant addition to any room. They also come with a five-year warranty for your peace of mind.
Timber shutters and blinds both provide insulation against heat and noise when correctly fitted. Their light-blocking properties can also help to keep your interiors cool during the day in summer.
Good Quality Shutters and Blinds Will Stand the Test of Time
While you should certainly aim for value when buying new shutters or blinds, price is not the only consideration. Buying too cheap is often false economy that can result in a poor-quality product that needs replacement within a year or two. Such unnecessary wastage is bad for your hip pocket and terrible for the environment.
Look for product warranties as an indicator of quality, and when comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like. As your local window furnishing experts, we offer a huge range of high-quality fabrics and materials, and all our products are backed by generous warranties. We also guarantee the best prices all year round – if you find a lower price for a comparable product, we’ll beat it.
Ready to install new eco-friendly window furnishings that will last for years to come? Simply give us a call on 1300 077 125 or get in touch via our website for an obligation-free consultation.