Fixing window frames and installing shades may help reduce summer energy bills

May 28 2010

Fixing window frames and installing shades may help reduce summer energy bills
Fixing window frames and installing shades may help reduce summer energy bills
Homeowners are always looking for way to save energy, and this summer they may want to start by fixing their windows. Experts suggest that fixing old frames and installing shades may help keep cool air inside and warm air out.

Before installing a new air conditioner, homeowners may want to perform an energy audit. "An energy audit is a careful look at your home to see where you may be wasting energy. Air leaks...may be the primary culprit of wasting energy," reports the Herald Times Reporter.

Upon finding leaks, the news source recommends caulking and sealing the gaps to keep hot summer air from invading one's home. Homeowners may also want to use specialized shades to help beat the heat.

According to experts at SunPluggers.com, insulated window shades, often thought of as a wintertime accessory to protect homes from bitter outside air, can also be helpful during the dog days of summer. "[Insulated shades] can be used to block sunlight and reduce air-conditioning loads in summer."

And, because insulated shades are offered in a multitude of styles, homeowners won't have to sacrifice style for energy-efficiency. Those looking to save money on the helpful shades can take advantage of Blind Chalet's limited time price reduction on insulating single cell shades.
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