Reducing energy bills and heat loss starts right at the window, according to Luxaflex. Image supplied.

As Canberra braces for another cold weekend, the warmth of the heater has never looked so alluring. However, as energy prices rise in Canberra, finding a more economical way to help control your home’s temperature is becoming increasingly important for families.

According to Luxaflex, it starts right at the window. Research by the blinds, awnings, plantation shutters and curtain brand has shown that a single pane of glass can lose almost 10 times as much heat as the same area of an insulated wall.

To help reduce energy bills and heat loss through windows, the innovative use of window furnishings, blinds and curtains can enhance the performance of windows and provide a sustainable solution.

“It’s easy to create the illusion of warmth through textiles, accessories and lighting, but it’s important to find cost-effective and sustainable ways of heating our homes. Insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures, and a few small changes can help make your home energy efficient and keep the bills down,” says Neale Whitaker, interior design expert and Luxaflex Window Fashions brand ambassador.

To prevent valuable warm air from escaping, insulating window coverings can help retain the warmer temperatures of the day.

The first step to reducing energy bills while staying warm is to recognise which types of window shades are insulating, sustainable and beneficial for long term use. This will assist when making window covering decisions.

According to Mr Whitaker, honeycomb blinds are one of the best choices in window treatments for retaining heat inside the home, combining style and function with a contemporary look while Silhouette Shadings are a clever blend of on-trend design aesthetics and practicality.

“During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out; sunlight can enter through the glass, but the window is opaque to the infrared radiation trying to escape,” says Mr Whitaker.

“As home automation is fast becoming a widely adopted technology in homes across Australia, managing our homes’ energy, privacy and ‘scenes’, or ambience, is more efficient than ever.

“The award-winning Luxaflex PowerView Motorisation uses clever technology so Australians can now schedule their blinds to lower immediately after dusk – the optimum time to close them to help prevent heat loss.”

Blinds can be programmed to operate on their own throughout the day to create scenes in line with the sun’s movements, such as raising to let the light in at dawn, or closing while you’re at work to keep the heat locked in during winter.

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