If there’s one thing everyone in Calgary can agree on, it’s that we have more than our fair share of crazy weather. Just last year the Bow had its largest recorded flood, the winters are miserable (though some are not as bad as others), and now we’re in the middle of a heat wave. Between the power for air conditioning throughout the summer and how we all crank the heat up in winter, it feels like everyone could use a little more efficiency.
The benefits of energy efficiency are pretty clear.
First off, it helps the planet. Especially in a province like Alberta that is rich with natural resources like coal and oil, our power providers have a habit of steering away from renewable, clean energy. That means the more electricity we Albertans consume, the larger each of our carbon and ecological footprints is. With threats of climate change and the potential of our non-renewable resources running out for future generations, why wouldn’t we want to lower our use of fossil fuels?
But if the first reason (helping the environment) is mostly altruistic, the second is the opposite. When it comes right down to the bottom line, whether at home or at work, having a house or office with higher efficiency saves you money. The building can more effectively maintain its temperature without losing or gaining heat. And not having to pay for the extra AC or heating is a wonderful thing.
There are many ways to make your home or business energy efficient.
From adjusting your thermostat so your furnace and air conditioning don’t have to work so hard, to adding an extra couple inches of insulation around your hot water tank, pipes, or even your the entire building–just the little energy savers can add up quite a bit. Here at Normandeau, we suggest one of the energy-saving changes you make is to switch your blinds to the energy-efficient honeycomb shades invented by Hunter Douglas in 1985.
Created in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, the honeycomb shades are still on the market for one reason: they work. Almost 50% of the energy used to heat or cool a house can be lost through the windows if they aren’t treated correctly to be high efficiency. Energy-efficient blinds are just part of the necessary package to keep the heat in during the winter and out when summer rolls along. The honeycomb shape provides the perfect balance for winter insolation and summer heat reflection. And they’re easy to adjust, so you can allow natural light in during the day and save on your lighting expenses!
Ready to take the first steps towards a more energy efficient and cost effective home? Contact Normandeau today at 403-242-8349 and discuss how energy-efficient blinds can help you.