Summer is here, with its long, glorious days. Now is the perfect time to address those beautiful wide windows. You’ve left them bare to keep the panoramic views and flood of light intact, but you pay for that decision in air conditioning bills and faded decor. Try instead using Panel Track Blinds with a solar screen fabric. You’ll keep your view while the specialized fabric blocks UV rays. This summer, you can turn down the AC and hang your favorite paintings with confidence.
Category: Green Products
The holidays are a wonderful time – there’s the time off from work, visits from family, and the fun of carrying on traditions from generation to generation. However, the not-so-fun side of the holidays is the electric and gas bill, pine needles in the carpet, and climbing all over that slippery roof to hang your lights. In a season of excess, going green won’t just make you feel better about the polar bears: over the course of time, it will make your wallet feel better, too. So here’s a list of three things you can do to make your holidays cozier, not costlier.
1. Replace those old tangled string lights.
Everyone has them somewhere- on the tree, wrapped around the roof, draped decoratively around the flower bed. But they’re such a hassle! Lights burn out pretty quickly, and when you replace one string it never quite matches the others. Maybe you can’t afford to replace EVERY Christmas light in your collection, so start with one set- the tree, the windows, the house- and replace a set every year with LED lights. LEDs can last up to 22 years, so this is a very short term expense. Look for EnergyStar rated products to ensure real quality instead of flashy promises. You’ll watch your annual Christmas energy bill fall with the snow.
2. Artificial vs. authentic: the tree question.
This is one of those questions with multiple right answers. Artificial trees look real, don’t shed pine needles, store easily, and are willing to forgive many years of abuse. They aren’t harvested from forests and can be recycled. However, it’s not so much about how many uses you can get from your tree… as it is about what the tree is made of, and what it does to the environment when it is created and when you dispose of it. Recycling isn’t a pollution free endeavor, and artificial trees can be expensive. Your greener bet for the planet is actually going to be the real deal. Make sure the trees are harvested from farms, not forests, and take them to the landfill to be mulched- Mother Nature’s pollution free recycling program- instead of leaving it on the curb.
3. Find the heat leak and stop it up.
With guests wandering in and out and cranking up your thermometer, heating bills skyrocket at this time of year. There’s hope, though. Check the door sweeps and seals for cracking and other signs of age. Replacing them is a quick and cost effective way to take a bite out of drafts. The biggest heat leaks in your house come through the windows. Cellular shades are a great antidote to this problem. Cellular shades create a pocket of air between their layers that insulate your rooms. In addition, they create a valuable layer of privacy- even in most light filtering fabrics- that your guests will appreciate. And don’t worry about cramping your style. With a wide variety of fabrics, textures, colors, and features, these heat savers are sure to make you merry.
When it comes to picking the right window treatment, whether for the office or for the home, there are certain things that buyers should consider. Probably one of the most important factors that one should look into is the reputation of the company manufacturing the blinds. Today, we take a look at Graber, one of the most trusted names in the industry and see the advantages of Graber blinds.
Graber has been in existence since 1939 and through the decades, the company has made a name for itself for combining form and function when it comes to their wide range of products from mini blinds to cellular shades. The innovative design of Graber blinds have set them apart from the competition.
Before Graber blinds became popular, available window treatment products were not as innovative as they are today. John N. Graber started looking for a window treatment solution when the venetian blinds he bought were not the look he desired. He set forth to create a solution that would ultimately revolutionize the industry. Graber invented the “Badger Crane” — a handcrafted, metal drapery crane which would hold the drapery side panels as they hung over the venetian blinds. Before long, Graber booked orders for his Badger Crane with department stores all over the Midwest, and Badger Crane Drapery Hardware went into full-scale production.
Plenty of Choices
With decades upon decades of perfecting manufacturing techniques and exploring design possibilities, Graber now has a complete lineup of window treatment products from the still popular mini-blinds to roman blinds, cellular shades, solar and natural shades, vertical blinds as well as shutters.
Graber blinds are manufactured to create as minimal a negative environmental impact as possible. Recycled materials are also being used by the company and in case of Graber wood blinds; the company chooses renewable and environmentally friendly-sourced materials.
Graber, a Best Experience Company, offers a 70-year tradition of excellence and a lifetime warranty.
Sustainability has become a focus for most of us and today there are more products to choose from that are eco-friendly; especially when it comes to decorating. A good example is window coverings. There are actually many environmentally friendly window covering products made with recycled, recyclable and sustainable materials. There are also window coverings that help you save energy as well. Whether you want to feel good about being environmentally responsible or you want to save a few dollars a month on your utilities, buying energy efficient window coverings is a great idea.
As the push for more sustainable products evolves, companies are working hard to produce products with a wide range of colors, textures, materials and styles. One of the most popular choices is the sustainable product bamboo blinds. A reason bamboo is such a great material for window coverings is the rate bamboo can grow and the fact that it does not need to be replanted after it is harvested.
If your main concern is conserving energy, there are many different kinds of window blinds that will help insulate your windows or block the suns rays which help make them more efficient. It is important to remember that going green does not mean all or nothing. Choosing window coverings that help save energy is another step toward helping out the world become a little more sustainable.
For a list of all of our Eco-friendly window coverings, view our Eco-Friendly Blinds page.
Window coverings are a vital design element in a room and they serve an important function – privacy, light control and energy efficiency. Determining what window coverings meet your needs for privacy, light control, energy efficiency and your budget are typically the first step in selecting the right window covering. The next step is usually the hardest – picking the color and material.
Understanding current color trends can be helpful when choosing colors. Colors for 2010 have been influenced by global and earth friendly trends.
Global colors include yellow and green, rich plum purples and brilliant brights. Window coverings available in global colors – yellows, greens, purples and vibrant colors – include cellular shades, roller shades, roman shades and mini blinds. These types of blinds offer a wide selection of colors as well privacy, light control and energy efficiencies; and most are budget friendly.
Earth tone neutrals as well as green colors translate to earth friendly. Wood blinds, faux wood blinds and woven woods (also referred to as natural shades) will give you earth tone neutrals with natural wood tones and natural materials. Interest in eco-friendly products continues to rise and with it an increase in the availability of organic and environmentally friendly products made from natural, sustainable or recycled materials. This has resulted in the popularity of neutral colors such as beiges, browns and greens.
Window coverings can serve as a backdrop to your room or a personal design statement. Let your windows shine.