For the last three years, we have seen investments increase in green home projects. The result: financial returns from these projects have gone up 40 percent in the past two years from homeowners looking for more efficient dwellings and willing to pay for it. Turning to green technologies in your Florida home is a sound plan. Whether you’re concerned about the environment, want to increase energy efficiency, or are looking to add extra resale value, smart technologies are the solution. One of the most powerful tools in green technology is motorized shades--especially those from Lutron. Read on to learn three ways automated shading can improve your home’s energy economy and simultaneously make your life simpler.
Block Out the Sun
The Florida sun is powerful and can make a huge impact on your home. If you’re running your AC unit all day long and still feel like you can’t get cool, you may be forgetting your windows. The sunlight streaming into your home is not only illuminating, it also brings heat. With the addition of motorized shades, you’ll discover that your solar heat gain decreases significantly. Lutron has designed shading particularly for this purpose. Their Serena Honeycomb Shades, for instance, have pockets of air--they look like a honeycomb--that act as excellent insulators and stop incoming heat. Or, you could use dual shades with a reflective white surface on one side. Place the white side toward the outside and it will reverse the direction of incoming light.
Find Your Light
Natural light is a wonderful resource. It can provide your home with warm light at no cost. Sunlight is also an effective method for more pleasant mornings, as it naturally stimulates the body. With motorized shades, you can have direct control over this most fickle of resources. For instance, in your bedroom, link your shades or drapes to an astrological clock or place light sensors on the outside of your windows. Your window dressings will then be in touch with the sun’s schedule, and can be programmed to automatically open with the rising sun. You can maintain your nighttime privacy and still wake with the natural rhythm of the day.
Use methods like this throughout your home and save on energy costs. Sunlight is free and the more of it you use throughout the day the less electric light you need. Integrate your shades with lighting control for even more savings and convenience. Program your lights to dim up as the shades are closing, and you will only use the electricity that’s absolutely necessary.