Using Your Shades to Save Energy

        Who knew that curtains would save you so much energy and money? When it’s hot outside, use your curtains to keep the sun out and when it’s cold outside, use your curtains to keep the heat in! Consolidated Edison, the electric company that runs New York City, explains that these window treatments are more than just decorative cloths that keep the sunlight out or add privacy. They are a layer of insulation that can help to reduce the heat that comes in through the windows or keep your office, home, or apartment, from losing heat when the temperature drops.

         By shutting the shades in warm weather, you can also reduce the amount of air conditioning that you use. When the sun shines through your windows it can raise the temperature and cause you to crank up the A/C. Closing the curtains makes sense any time of year and it saves energy. So not only do you save money on your monthly bill, you also save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with this one simple step! 

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