Lined Curtains and Draft Excluders to the Rescue

With energy bills at an all time high, home owners are looking for ways in which they can save money around the house. Reducing the amount we have to use, the heating and cooling systems in our house can bring down our gas and electricity bills by tens of pounds, leaving you with a little bit extra disposable cash to spend on the things in life that really matter. All of the advice in this article focuses on cheap changes that can add pleasant aesthetic features to your home and reduce the risk of fire your house faces.

Draft excluders. For most of us they conjure up images of the 70s, old people’s houses and sausage dogs. They have not enjoyed a favourable reputation and only recently have their designs come to resemble anything remotely trendy. All that has now changed with the advent of caring consumerism, as the environment has come into the fore and we look for ways to save money. Textile manufacturers have designed fashionable, discreet draft excluders that will blend in to your home’s style and reduce the need for extra heating in well used rooms of your home. If you do not have drafts coming into your living room, there will be less need for gas or wood burning fires.

Also effective in reducing the need for central heating systems are lined curtains. Although they are slightly more expensive than non-lined curtains, the extra backing on the material has several cost reducing benefits. The lining material has insulation qualities that keep rooms hot in winter and cool in summer. If you are a light sleeper or work nights, blackout lining will make your room completely dark. Because less light is able to enter a room when they are closed, there is less risk of your furniture and the front panel of the curtains fading, caused by UV rays from the sun. On top of this, the lining on the curtains can reduce the level of outside noise entering your home, so if you are affected by a background murmur from a road or park, you will hear less of this. The insulating and noise absorbing benefits are a cheaper alternative to thermal and acoustic insulation which can be costly to fit, and they will still save you money off your household bills.

Insulation is always going to reduce the amount of wasted heat escaping from your home and costing you money. The same goes for boilers. If you have a hot water boiler in your house, fit it with an insulating jacket to reduce the amount of heat it loses and reduces it’s running costs. These can be purchased from hardware stores and fitted by you easily.

The final tip is to turn things off. We all know that lights and appliances cost money to run, but we still leave them on unnecessarily. Use energy efficient light bulbs and turn them off when you leave the room. Do not leave your TV on standby, it is one of the biggest users of electricity and a fire hazard. Switching appliances off at the plug and using lights less is an easy way to knock more money off your bills.

None of these tips should scare you, they are easy, cheap and very efficient. You can make draft excluders with your children by stuffing old newspaper into a stocking or long sock and you can buy curtain lining that you can attach to your current curtains if you really like the style, although lined curtains do come in as many styles and colours as ordinary curtains. Follow this advice and save money, you would be a fool not to.

Lined Curtains Are Eco Friendly

With gas and electricity prices at an all time high, home owners are looking for ways to save money around the house so that in the long term, their bills stay as low as possible. I am not suggesting sitting in a freezing, dark and damp house throughout winter, and sweating it out through the summer months. But learning to rely less on central heating and air conditioning can have several benefits. Of course your bills will be smaller, but it also gives you the opportunity to do a bit of decorating, make your home ‘greener’ and have fun with your friends and family.

My number one tip that I can give you to save energy and money around the home is to turn things off! Having lights and appliances switched on at the plug is a waste of energy and adds a significant amount onto your monthly, quarterly or annual bill. It may seem like a hassle to have to turn your TV off standby, especially if it means getting out of bed, but think of all the money you could save. On top of that, TVs are one of the leading factors in house fires at night, so you are protecting yourself and your home by pressing that big button! Lights, the kettle and phone chargers are all big energy wasters too.

You can save money when you have the lights on if you switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). You could use between 50 and 80 percent less energy if you have installed CFLs, and they last up to ten times longer. Incandescent light bulbs have a lifetime of 750 to 2500 hours whilst CFLs have a minimum lifespan of 6000 hours, and can last up to 10000 hours.

There are other changes we can make to our homes which will have a green effect. Making the actual building and rooms more energy efficient will save money and be better for the environment. Hanging lined curtains up in rooms that face the sun has many advantages. Firstly, they will last longer than unlined curtains, blinds and nets as the lining stops the material from fading. Secondly, most lined curtains have thermal qualities and will help to control the room’s temperature by keeping the heat in when it is cold outside and stopping too much heat entering the space when the sun is blazing. Some lined curtains have noise reduction qualities which means that you don’t need to have the TV or radio on so loud, which will also save you money. You could choose curtains to match your room design, but if you fancy a change it is the perfect opportunity to redecorate and incorporate lined curtains into the room.

If you are looking for a way to keep the children entertained during the holidays, or you enjoy making crafts with your friends, you could start making quirky draft excluders. These will stop any drafts from outside the house or colder rooms from entering the most commonly used living spaces in your home. The living room, kitchen and inhabited bedrooms would all benefit from a draft excluder so that colder areas do not affect your comfort and you don’t have to turn the heating up. You can design draft excluders to fit in with the theme of each individual room, or make them stand out and have fun designs. Children will enjoy making them by filling material with newspaper or stuffing.

So you see making your home greener does not mean spending a lot of money, taking up loads of time or having to change your way of life. Don’t worry, you can still watch TV and won’t have to rely on a torch to read a book. However, been sensible with your money and the way your house uses energy could save you tens if not hundreds of pounds over the year. That can only be a good thing, especially with bills set to rise even higher.

Benefits of Blackout Curtains

Some curtains, while attractive and stylish, allow quite a bit of light in even while they are closed. Their fabric is loosely-knit, or even shear, which is perfectly fine in a room where you want the beauty of curtains without making the room dark.

However, more and more people are finding the benefits of “blackout curtains”. These are curtains that are designed to block out most if not all of the light coming in through the windows (and even glass doors). The reasons for using these dark curtains instead of brighter ones are many.

First, blackout curtains make a room darker for sleeping. Folks with jobs on odd shift hours may need to sleep during the day. Those folks may find it easier to sleep if the room is as dark as possible. Besides adults that need sleep during daylight hours, the bedroom of an infant or a toddler who naps during the day, or even has an early bed-time might find benefit of having the room extra dark. And for folks in an urban setting, even night-time can be bright, with streetlights or car headlights shining in windows.

Not only are blackout curtains good for bedrooms, but they are also widely sought after for media rooms. Home theaters are more commonplace now, and the need to reduce as much glare as possible in the room with the television is becoming more important.

One of the biggest benefits of this type of curtain is often overlooked: energy conservation. By keeping the curtains closed in the summertime, the sunlight is blocked from the house. This can help keep the temperature of the house lower by as much as 15 degrees, reducing the need for energy to cool the house. Surprisingly, the curtains can even help in the winter. Because of the tight weave, or even lining, on blackout curtains, keeping the curtains closed at night is the equivalent of putting a blanket over the window. Windows are the biggest source of heat loss in the cooler months, and having a thick curtain in front at night will reduce the heat loss.