We’ve all heard the news and experienced it ourselves: our climate is changing, and we need to think of ways to help the environment. From reducing plastic intake to using less energy, we can help combat climate change even from our own homes.
Saving the environment starts right at home. By reducing the energy we use every day, we can reduce the fuel needed to create that energy. Everything in your home, from your lights to your television to your air conditioning, relies on some kind of fuel to make it run. Excessive energy use requires more power, which adds to polluting factors that damage our environment.
Reducing your energy consumption may feel like a large and daunting task, but by implementing small changes around your home and in your daily routine, you can help make a difference!
If you’ve ever had the heat running in the winter but still felt cold in your home, you understand the importance of a well-insulated space. Even if you have top-notch insulation installed in your walls, you could still lose energy through your windows and doors. Up to 30% of your home’s energy may be escaping through the windows.
The right window shade can help prevent expensive heating and cooling loss; cellular shades are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Their cellular honeycomb design traps air, which creates an insulating barrier between your home and the outside. This helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, reducing your energy consumption and lowering your energy bill!
Duette® Honeycomb window shades are a great energy efficient solution for your windows. Their honeycomb cells trap air providing an insulating layer on your windows, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.Learn more about Duette Honeycomb Shades
Smart home devices like shades, power strips, and control centers can help you reduce your energy intake. You can even program these devices to function at different capacities throughout the day.
So, if you know your windows get too much sun in the afternoon and make your living room too hot, program your smart shade system to automatically lower your blinds each afternoon. Similarly, smart power strips can sense when your electronics are not in use and turn them off accordingly. You can use your smart home system to control your lights so that they’re not on all day. Turning off your lights is another excellent and simple way to help the environment by saving energy.
When you leave a room, be sure to turn off all the lights. Even low-wattage bulbs use electricity, so cut the lights before leaving that space. The same goes for rooms that get a good amount of natural light. If you don’t need overhead lighting or lamps to see, leave them off and enjoy the sunshine!
Whether your goal is to help the environment or lower your energy bill, the experts at JC Licht can recommend all the right products to help. With multiple locations across Chicagoland, we are ready to help you with your home improvement needs, including Benjamin Moore paints, Hunter Douglas window treatments, and more. Contact us today!