There are numerous things that property managers can do in order to conserve energy on a larger scale. It’s currently estimated that about 40 percent of outside heat comes through windows, while 10 percent of heat is lost through windows during the winter, so while it’s important to keep those shades or curtains closed, it may be time to upgrade your property with more efficient window coverings.
One of the biggest energy savers are ‘smart shades’ that help conserve energy. And while any window covering is better than nothing, with current energy prices increasing, managers may want to start thinking about replacing those traditional window shades with more energy efficient ones.
Energy Efficient Cellular Shades – Cellular shades help to filter out damaging UV rays. The shades contain air pockets inside that protect against cold drafts in the winter months. During the summer, direct sunlight and damaging UV rays are blocked by blind fabric, preventing energy waste.
Blackout Shades – These are not like the old blackout curtains used by hotel rooms. Blackout shades block 99% of incoming light.
Thermal and insulated shades – These shades are designed with up to four layers of insulation and are made to fit as closely to windows as possible. Insulating window panels not only offer insulation from the heat, but block out most light as well.