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How Can Window Coverings Reduce Energy Costs?

Probably the first reason you selected your window coverings was because they look great! But did you know they can also help with your energy bill?

Your curtains, draperies, shades, shutters, and blinds can help keep the summer heat out and the winter heat in. How much depends on where you live, the direction your windows face, and whether nearby trees and buildings shade your windows. But any savings is good for your budget, right?

As much as 50% of your home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through your windows. Use your window coverings to block out that hot sun in the summer, especially on windows that face south or west. In the winter, open the shades during the day to let the sun’s heat in. Then close them at night to keep it in.

Window coverings come in all kinds and provide varying degrees of heat management. That’s why Hunter Douglas uses a 5-star rating system to indicate the insulation and solar heat control provided by each of their products. Their new Duette Architella shades, for example, have a 4 to 5-star rating on both insulating and solar heat control properties.

Layers are key. The Duette Architella has an extra layer inside the honeycomb. Some Hunter Douglas products can be ordered with a rear shade that can be operated independently, providing an extra layer of light and heat control. Combining shutters, shades, or blinds with draperies that can close will also create insulating pockets of air and help reduce your energy bills.

Of course, you can add other heat control options like tinted window coverings or exterior awnings and shades. But why not take advantage of the window coverings you already have?

Draperies are combined with shades. The draperies can be pulled shut to add an extra layer of protection from the outdoor temperatures.

drapes reduce energy costs

Two layers of draperies provide light control as well as some insulation from the outdoor cold and heat.

draperies save your energy bill

Roman shades on the door and blinds combined with draperies add decorative accents that will help keep the room more comfortable while providing privacy.

energy efficient roman shades


If you want more information on custom draperies or any of the other ideas here, contact Kim for your free in-home consultation – 513-398-5798 or email

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