Lower Energy Costs with Stylish Cellular Shades and Solar Shades

Summer is the time of year when it’s easy to get laser-focused on energy costs and ways to increase energy efficiency in your home. Turning lights off when you leave a room, keeping doors and windows closed to keep out the heat and, “Don’t stand there with the refrigerator door wide open!” are all steps that we take to try and keep the electric bill under control.

One thing you might not have considered: enhancing your window coverings. Up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is lost through the windows, so having custom window treatments specifically designed to enhance energy savings makes really good sense. And it’s a fact that some window coverings are more energy efficient than others.

Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America, has dozens of options for increasing energy efficiency in your home through the use of stylish, trending window fashions. Whatever your design preference, minimalist, eclectic, traditional or romantique, it’s no problem to be cool and stylish at the same time! Our Style Consultants come to you for a free, in-home consultation and design session to help you create custom window coverings that meet your every need.

Cellular or honeycomb shades 

Cellular or honeycomb shades are constructed with internal cells that trap air and prevent it from entering or leaving your home. That means the hot stays out and the cool stays in. Cellular shades are highly rated as one of the most effective energy saving window treatments.

  • Cells are available in three sizes, as single- or double-cell design, providing graduated levels of insulation.
  • Can be customized to fit odd-shaped windows, including arches, skylights and more.
  • Fabric options range from sheer and light-filtering to room-darkening and complete blackout.
  • Innovative dual shades give you two shades in one, with a pleated sheer or light-filtering fabric on top and a heavier cellular shade on the bottom. Top-down/bottom-up operation allows for maximum control of light, views, and privacy.
  • With lots of fabrics and colors to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your perfect look.
  • Cordless lift makes them ideal for children’s rooms, easy to operate and child-safe with no dangling cords. The option of blackout cellular shades is a big plus for afternoon naps.
  • Cellular shades pair beautifully with curtains or drapery panels for “fully dressed” windows, offering endless design potential and textural blending.

Solar shades 

Solar shades are just that: shades to block solar heat and glare, providing UV protection for your furnishings and helping to keep energy costs down.

  • Solar shades diffuse and filter natural sunlight and are available in several openness levels to control your view. The higher the openness factor the more visibility, and the darker the fabric the clearer the view.
  • Solar shades come in myriad fabrics, styles, and colors to complement any décor or color scheme. Their sleek design is a minimalist’s dream.
  • Great for exterior installation on patios and porches, they keep the sun off your windows while cooling and shading your outdoor living areas.
  • Personalize your solar shades with custom valances in decorative fabrics or natural woods to add texture and dimension.
  • Wide windows and doors that can be a challenge to cover are no problem with solar shades or sliding panels. The wider fabrics give seamless coverage, and motorization ensures effortless control; no struggling to raise and lower cumbersome shades.

Bamboo shades 

No discussion of window shades would be complete without the naturals: bamboo, reeds, jute, and grasses. Budget Blinds offers 100% organic, eco-friendly shades in styles and colors that bring nature indoors. Adding texture to your windows is a way to add sensual design to your home.

  • Bamboo shades gently filter light and reduce glare for inside comfort.
  • Adding liners allows you to increase light and privacy control for bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • The natural colors and unique weaves open up a world of design, and special touches like edge banding, trims, and custom top treatments let your personality shine through.

Window shades truly are one of the most versatile window coverings available today. As standalone treatments, they bring color, beauty and energy efficiency to windows. They are also ideal for pairing with drapery or curtains for a whole new look. Budget Blinds window shades include cellular shades, solar shades, bamboo shades, roller shades, woven woods, pleated shades, sheers, Roman shades and more. We also have blinds, shutters and soft treatments like drapery, valances, bedding, decorative pillows and rugs to coordinate all your interior design needs.

Call 866-879-9730 today, or go online to www.budgetblinds.com to find the Style Consultant nearest you and schedule your free, in-home consultation. Ask about the Spring Style Event going on now through May 29, and see how much you can save when you buy outdoor and energy-efficient window coverings.