Everybody is going green because it is good for the environment and good for your wallet too. And Hunter Douglas always gives information and wants to help with some useful tips. These are small things that you can do that will make a big difference.
1. Insulate Your House
The easiest and most cost effective way to save on your utilities is to make sure that your home is well insulated. Start with the attic since heat rises. This is where you have your biggest heat losses and the attic is easy to get access to. Insulation can be blown in or rolled out depending on the design of your attic. It is a one time cost that will start paying for itself right away in lower utility costs.
Doors and windows are another major source of heat loss for your home. For doors make sure the door panel fits the frame well. If not adjust the hinges as necessary. Also check that the weather stripping around the door is in good shape so that it creates a good seal. For windows, storm windows on the outside can help and heavy blinds or shades can be a help.
2. Unplug Unused Appliances
Even when you are not using them, your major appliances use a lot of electricity. So unplug the biggest offenders like computers, stereos and televisions whenever you are going to be away for awhile. As an added benefit, you will know that your electronics will be safe from power surges or lightning damage.
3. Update your window coverings
By using window shades that are “eco green” or help to insulate your house, you can make a big contribution to be environmentally friendly. At Ace of Shades you can always get the latest information as to which products have the highest R-value and help insulate your house as well as which products were made of eco-friendly products.
At the end of the day, it’s all of us who can make a difference. It might be little steps here and there, but with many people taking little steps here and there, we can make a big difference.