You’ve installed the bamboo flooring, your countertops are pre-cast cement, and even your carpet is made from recycled tires and plastic bottles. Now what about your window coverings? How can you make a “green” statement with your blinds and draperies?
Window fashions aren’t the johnny-come-lately to the green party. In fact, Conrad, a shadings company out of San Francisco, has been selling roman shades made from exotic grasses, reeds and bamboos for over 50 years. All of their products are hand-woven in Japan, Indonesia and Korea. These one-of-a-kind shadings naturally filter the light, and create a dramatic look in any room.
But what if you want to save big on your energy bill? HunterDouglas’ new Duette Architella is the most energy efficient shade in the industry. This is a cellular shade that traps air in not just one, but two chambers to reduce the heat of summer and the chill of winter. No small feat, when it can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
And if you want to further reduce your Xcel outlay, consider motorizing your window treatments. Almost any window covering can be automated to a timer, so it opens and closes at various scheduled times during the day, trapping heat in the winter, and reducing sun exposure in the summer. Insolroll is a Colorado company that sells motorized sun shades and drapery track that can carry up to about 80 pounds of pleated drapery panels.
Concerned about indoor air quality? Lafayette has two GreenGuard certified options in its Woodland Harvest line of shutters, and Genesis II roller shades. Both are made from low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), which are known to contribute to ground-level ozone pollution and indoor air contaminants.
So, if green is the goal in your home, don’t stop with the countertops and carpet. Let your window fashions reflect your eco-consciousness as well.