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Using proper shading to reduce energy costs in your home

Posted: Friday, June 4th, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, Home cooling, sustainable living
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If you use the proper shading for your home there are many benefits for you and your home both. A benefit of great importance is reducing energy cost for shading your home properly. The benefits of proper shading don’t just stop there; other benefits in shading your home include reducing energy use, lowering energy cost, less fading to your prized home furnishings, and your home will have an overall comfortable temperature. The benefits listed above should be enough to get you motivated to shading your home the right way and soon.

Looking into different shading concepts when it comes to landscape design will reduce energy cost in your home. Installing patio awnings over windows or shade trees reduces room temperature up to 15 degrees saves 25% on the need for an air conditioner’s use. Not only does installing an awning over your window or planting shade trees help with room temperature but it looks very nice with a great landscaped plan.

Patio awnings and shade trees are great but often aren’t enough in regards to saving on energy cost. There are other options that are better for the home in regards to reducing energy cost as a whole. Shade installation is best for this purpose. The best shades for this purpose are exterior shade screens, sunscreen shades, shade clothes, and solar shields which prevent sun from entering windows the most.

No matter which option you chose take note that exterior shades are more effective then interior shades. Exterior shades are more effective because they block the sun’s rays before it hits your windows. If using interior blinds or drapes it is best to use light color shades or drapes because dark colors are welcoming to the sun rays. Have a cool summer and remember to install the proper shades for your needs before it gets too hot.

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