Energy efficient window draperies are good for the environment and they can result in tremendous savings in your energy bills every year. As much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy may be lost through its windows. Energy efficient window treatments, such as energy efficient window draperies, can insulate your home for all seasons and shelter it from unwanted solar radiation during the Summer. Energy efficient window draperies can also enhance the privacy and noise insulation of your home. Indeed, their many fine qualities make energy efficient window draperies some of the best window treatments available.
How do you know if energy efficient window drapery are right for you? Ask yourself a few questions? Do you want to do something concrete to help the environment? Do you want long-term savings on your energy bills that far exceed the cost of replacing your window curtains? Do you want to take advantage of a federal tax credit of up to $1,500? Are rising air conditioning and heating costs causing you grief? If so, it is time to look at energy efficient curtains and window treatments. When it is cold outside, the heated air in your home (that you have paid good money to heat) moves towards cold windows and escapes. When used properly, insulating drapery and lined draperies can reduce heat loss up to 35%.
When it is warm outside, heat flows through the windows and makes your home uncomfortably hot, requiring expensive air conditioning. According to a study by the University of Florida, medium-colored energy efficient window curtains with thermal lining backings have been found to reduce heat gains by 43%. Energy efficient window curtains also tend to stay cooler in the Summer than some other types of window treatments because the pleats and folds in curtains shunt heat through convection.
Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credit
In addition to the desire to save energy costs and help the environment, you should also consider energy efficient curtains and window treatments to take advantage of the up to $1,500 tax credit for windows. The tax credit came into law on February 17, 2009, under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It applies to certain energy efficient products, which may include energy efficient window curtains, if purchased in 2009, 2010 or 2011. You should verify whether the particular energy efficient window curtains you intend to purchase qualify for the tax credit. Qualifying products entitle you to a tax credit of 30% of the purchase price of the product, up to a total of $1,500. Although the energy savings from energy efficient window curtains will benefit you for many years, the federal tax credit for windows only goes through 2011. So if you are thinking about purchasing energy efficient curtains and window treatments, you should do so this year.
Congratulations on your decision to purchase energy efficient window curtains. There are many drapery styles to choose from and many resources available to go to for drapery ideas and drapery patterns. Your new window treatment drapery will improve the appearance of any room and you will be doing something positive for the environment and your wallet . Now it's time to start thinking about what you will do with all of the money you have saved!
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