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Allow your windows the green touch

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Windows can be a good alternative to save consumption of energy. Using the right shade, material and strategically placing them can help you save on your utility bills. Moreover, you do not have to compromise on your interiors and designs too.

Following are simple window treatments that can help you save energy.

Shades

Shades

Window shades are available in various materials and colors to suit the theme of your interiors.

They can have dual roles depending on the weather or climatic conditions outside. For example, in summers, these window shades block the intense outside heat and light from coming in. Shades made of thick and opaque fabric can keep the room cool, thus reducing the use of air conditioning. In winters the heat inside the room is not allowed to escape by these shades thus keeping it bearable when it’s extremely cold outside.

Awnings

Awnings

Awnings not only enhance the look of your windows but also prevent the sun rays from penetrating inside.  They cut down the outside heat transfer by almost 65-75% in summers. They should be placed on windows located at the south and west side of your room or office. Secondly, during winters the awnings can be lowered to let the south side sunrays coming in.

Blinds

Blinds

These have versatile usages. You can use them as shades or use their slats to let the air or sun pass in or block them if otherwise. The slats if closed can restrict the sunrays from passing inside during summers. Whereas, in winters, the slats if organized close to the glass can avoid heat and warmth from the interiors escaping outside.

Draperies

Draperies

They look lovely on windows giving the room an elegant and cultured look. If the right fabric used, draperies can lower the consumption of energy. For the efficient use of draperies, always use two draperies panels as compared to one. Secondly, close drapes that do not transmit sunlight in winters. Thirdly, close drapes put up on the south and west side windows in summers and hang them closer to the windows.

Reflective film

Reflective film

These films help obstruct the intense brightness of the sun coming in. It is a permanent solution and can help in reducing heat especially in summers. In winters they reflect sun light if placed especially on the east and west walls. They help reflect the sun thus creating more heat.

Summary

These go-green window strategies can surely help you reduce consumption of energy and keep your interior weather condition sustainable.