Energy efficiency is a hot topic in nearly every industry and in many different situations. The window coverings industry is no different; Budget Blinds is leading the way against energy waste when it comes to preventing heat gain and loss through your home’s windows. Energy saving window treatments are available in all of the popular blinds, shades, drapes, curtains, and shutters that you know and love. Although energy saving window coverings are available in all types of treatments, some of these treatments stand out above the rest. If you are looking for some of the most effective energy saving treatments available, take a look at three of the most popular types available through your local Budget Blinds.

Without energy saving window treatments, your home could lose up to 50% of its heating and cooling energy through the windows. So without further ado, take a look at the best energy saving window treatments Budget Blinds has to offer:

Energy saving Panels and Drapes

  • There are steps that can be taken to achieve maximum effectiveness with your energy saving curtains. If you select the right weave, a solid medium-bodied color, install a lining, and have them fit as snugly as possible to your windows, you could reduce summer heat gain by 33 percent and reduce winter heat loss by up to 25 percent.*

Energy-efficient Shades

  • Cellular shades – Cellular shades can be made with single, double, or triple cells. Each added cell layer gives this highly energy efficient window covering more “dead cells” to trap hot air and prevent it from entering or leaving the room. These window coverings are especially effective in rooms with many windows.
  • Roman shades – The fabric employed by Roman shades can be akin to that of energy saving curtains and drapes. The insulating qualities are much the same, and the beauty of these window coverings, like drapes, also lies in the elegant folds and pleats in the fabric when they are drawn up.

Energy-efficient Shutters

  • While not as effective as cellular shades and energy saving curtains, interior shutters can also prove to be a valuable asset in reducing the amount of heat that is gained and lost in your home. The insulating barrier between the closed shutters and the window will help to decrease both heat loss and summer heat gain.

For the best energy saving window coverings available, talk to your local Budget Blinds style consultant and schedule your free in-home visit!

*Information provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-efficient-window-treatments)