Energy Efficient Household
Are you running an energy efficient household? With energy prices on the rise, it’s time to start thinking about alternative ways to keep your home cool. In South East Queensland, Summer is always on the way – and it comes with the guarantee of being hot and bright and sometimes oppressive. Today, we’d like to talk a bit about the benefits of using interior blinds as component of your environmental management strategy.
Window dressings can improve your energy efficiency.
Ways Interior Blinds Improve Energy Efficiency
There are numerous ways that window dressings such as interior blinds can improve energy efficiency in your home. The best part about this approach is that unlike devices such as fans or air-conditioning, blinds don’t constantly chew electricity – they are an economically passive means of managing your internal environment. Once installed, they do their job and no further cost is involved. Other benefits include:
Blocking The Glare
Part of the problem in dealing with direct sunlight on your home is that it heats everything up. Homes are made of many different materials, and one of the weaknesses in regards to the transmission of heat is often glass, which can easily allow heat into the house. Blinds (depending on the fabric type) help by limiting the transmission of this heat by blocking and reflecting the light away from the interior. This becomes especially important for homes with an unrestricted easterly or westerly aspect, to assist with managing early morning sun and later afternoon sunsets. The interior of your home is for enjoying cocktails and watching the Bold and the Beautiful, not for sweating like a Northern Territory highway, and interior blinds can help with this.
Mixing It Up
Even if you can’t live without your air-con or fans, blinds will still add incredible value to your domestic energy profile. Just as they help to block out the heat, so too do they help prevent the cool air inside from escaping. This means that cooling devices such as air-con don’t have to work as hard, reducing usage costs.
Regardless of the type of blind you’re using, they can all be opened or closed. This means that depending on the time of day or night, you may be able to proactively open some windows to allow cool air into your home. Blinds are very versatile, and can easily be adapted to different situations, whether it’s blocking the glare or allowing the transmission of a cool breeze.
Made to Measure
Made to measure blinds make a world of difference and an important reason for this is that they fit the intended space – just right. By minimising gaps and spaces by installing purpose-made blinds, our team can help you to prevent the admission of light, heat and glare through unwanted gaps.
Tips from the Government
Here are some handy energy-saving tips coming to you courtesy of the Australian Government:
Energy Efficiency Note
Installing window furnishings, such as awnings, pelmets, blinds and curtains, can increase the efficiency of your windows year round. It’s important to talk to your local supplier to find out what furnishings are best for your home and environment. Energy Efficiency – Windows, Doors & Skylights.
Snug-fitting curtains and blinds on windows can prevent heat loss and gain as they trap a layer of still air next to the window. Window furnishings are a good way to deal with problems with existing windows. Heavier fabrics and multiple layers of fabric give the best thermal protection.
If you’re installing blinds, look for an insulating fabric and ensure they’re well-fitted to restrict air movement around the window to prevent unwanted heat loss or gain. For an energy-efficient option honeycomb or cellular blinds are an excellent choice as they trap air within cells and act like a double-glazed window.
Blinds which are white or near-white on the outside or have a reflective surface will reflect more heat back outside. Improve Window Efficiency.
Tips from Brisbane City Council
Here are some handy tips from Brisbane City Council.
- Buy accredited renewable energy to power your home through your electricity provider.
- Install a rooftop solar power system or replace your electric hot water system with a solar system or heat pump.
- Change incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and use one quarter of the energy.
- Install ceiling insulation and reduce the cost of heating or cooling your home by 20 to 30 per cent.
- Turn off your additional fridge.
- Reduce your showers to four minutes reducing electricity use for heating and water.
- Reduce the use of air conditioners.
- Switch off your appliances at the wall when you go to bed or leave the house and save about 10 per cent of your household energy.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and save 90 per cent of the power used by the washing machine heating the water.
- Set your air conditioner to between 24 and 26 degrees in summer and 18 and 20 degrees in winter. Every extra degree increases your energy consumption by 5 to 10 per cent.
- Limit the use of your clothes dryer and hang your laundry on the line.
- Close curtains or blinds during the day in summer to keep rooms cool.