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Keeping Cool – The Best Window Coverings for Summer

Categories: Decorating Ideas, Energy Saving Tips | Posted: May 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Keeping Cool – The Best Window Coverings for Summer

Homeowners often utilize window treatments for aesthetic appeal over function. With careful placement and material sourcing, homeowners have the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and keep their home cool in the summer.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners have a number of options that provide a plethora of home benefits.


Blinds
When trying to reduce heat gain in the summer, add interior blinds – a simple and effective solution of reducing heat and sunlight. Reflective blinds (shades of white) have the ability to reduce heat gain by 45 percent.

Shades
Shades are considered the most effective and simple way to save energy according to the DOE. To add an element of functionality, choose reversible shades that have a dark coating on one side and light shade on the other. These shades can be reversed depending on the season, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Draperies
A number of factors are used to determine the effectiveness of draperies – fabric type being one of the most important.  During the summertime, draperies should be placed on windows that receive direct sunlight.

Awnings
Want to reduce the heat on the outside of your home? Add an awning, which can reduce solar heat gain by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows according to the DOE.

Looking to take cool to the next level? Investing in Low-E windows minimizes the infrared and ultraviolet light that passes through the glass while still allowing light to be transmitted. Low-E glass includes a transparent coating, which reflects heat.

Each Regent Home comes equipped with Low-E 71/38 windows with vinyl frames. The ClimaGuard 71/38 window glass significantly reduces solar heat and damaging radiation without sacrificing clear views and daylight. In return, air conditioning expenses are reduces and residence enjoy a more comfortable living environment. Want to learn more about EnergySmart features incorporated in every Regent Home? Read about what an EnergySmart home means for homeowners [here].

Summer is right around the corner. Find the options that work best for your home, and keep cool this summer!

AC TIPS for a Cooler Home

Categories: Energy Saving Tips | Posted: July 2, 2015 | Comments Off on AC TIPS for a Cooler Home

Keep your home cool for less this season by following these simple tips from NES Power.

  • Depending on the amount of pet hair, dust and lint in your home, replace the filters in your central air conditioning system on a regular basis.
  • Keep the outside part of your air conditioning unit clean and free of debris and grass clippings.
  • Set the temperature on the thermostat to 78 degrees or at the highest comfortable temperature if you will be away from the home all day so that you don’t pay to cool an empty house.
  • Don’t put lamps near the thermostat. It will sense the heat from them and cause the air conditioner to run more than it needs to.
  • Avoid using dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers that create heat and humidity on hot days. Run appliances late in the evening or at night when the temperature is lower.

Summer Energy Saving Tips

Categories: Energy Saving Tips | Posted: June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Summer Energy Saving Tips

Lower your energy bills this summer and help save the environment with these helpful tips.

  • Use your microwave for cooking. It uses two-thirds less energy than a stove.
  • Use your dishwasher. It uses less water than washing by hand. Run full loads and turn off the dry cycle and let the dishes air-dry to save even more!
  • Fill up the fridge with food to keep it from warming up too fast when the door is open.
  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when at home and 85 degrees when you are away.
  • Use ceiling fans or room fans, this allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
  • Avoid running your appliances during peak hours, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This also helps to prevent power outages.
  • Save energy by turning off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.
  • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren’t in use – most still use electricity even when switched “off”.
  • Replace air conditioner filters, this will prevent the airflow from being restricted which causes the system to run longer.
  • Set the washing machine to warm or cold water setting for washing clothes.
  • Run full loads when using the dryer and use the moisture-sensing setting. Clean the lint trap after each use.
  • Close blinds and drapes during peak sunlight hours. Install patio covers and solar window tinting to reduce and conserve energy.