Tips To Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Edition

Not all of us are energy efficient savvy, many of us can’t afford solar panels or hybrid cars, so that’s why we’ve developed some tips to reduce carbon footprint. We have ways to make your daily life more eco-friendly, especially in the kitchen. There’s plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, without emptying your pockets. In this series, BlindsOnTime.com will give you personal tips on how to become more energy efficient, and make your home a bit more green.

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Reduce Carbon Footprint: Your Kitchen

  • Get rid of water bottles. Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Try buying reusable water bottles, and using water-filtering devices instead of continuously buying water bottles. And, if you must use water bottles, recycle!
  • Close your windows properly, and make sure your attic is properly insulated. This will help you save a lot of money on your energy bill.
  • Use florescent light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than normal light bulbs, and last longer. You may find that florescent lights are more expensive, but over time they pay for themselves because they use less energy and last longer.
  • Buy local. When your food has to travel less to enter your home, it reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Unplug. Try using power strips for groups of electronic items. Unplug appliances you’re not using, like a microwave toaster, or blender.

Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Window Coverings

Have windows in your kitchen? Choose from BlindsOnTime.com’s most energy efficient products like honeycomb shades or roller shades. Without energy-efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating & cooling energy can be lost through your windows. The honeycomb shades provide window insulation, keeping the heat in during the winter, and keeping the sun’s harsh heat out in the summer. Finally, our light-filtering honeycomb shades diffuse light across any room to make it less necessary to turn on electrical lighting!

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades are great insulating shades at a low cost. They’re easy to clean and come with different liners for light control. They come in a variety of eco-friendly fabrics, screens, and weaves, and can be motorized. Now, what is the difference between roller and solar shades?

Roller shades are simple & economical shades that add privacy to any room. They keep most light out of the room, and come in both light-filtering or room-darkening options. They simply roll up and down with a cord, or can be motorized. We have plenty of fabrics, screens, and weaves to choose from, and we also have new Collegiate & MLB Collections. If you want complete privacy, then choose roller shades over solar shades.

Solar shades provide protection from UV rays from the sun while maintaining your view. They’ll help you keep out the undesired glare you might have on your TV or computer. Solar shades protect your furniture from fading, control temperature, reduce glare, and diffuse light.

How To Measure For Wood Blinds

Learn how to measure for wood blinds from our design team as you pick out your favorite styles!

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It’s that time of year… Redecorate your windows, so you don’t cringe every time you look outside to see the changing fall leaves or the bustling city you live in. The beauty of wood blinds is that they fit in any room, traditional or contemporary. Out with the old, in with the new! But, the first step is learning how to measure for wood blinds.

Key Point: Decide if you want to mount your blinds on the INSIDE or OUTSIDE.

INSIDE MOUNT

(1) Find Width: Measure exact distance to the nearest 1/8″ between inside surfaces of window frame at the top, middle, and bottom, and use the narrowest width. Don’t make any deductions, the manufacturer will already do that.

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(2) Find Height: Measure exact distance to the nearest 1/8″ from inside surface at top of window to sill at the left, middle and right and use the longest height. If you don’t want your blind to touch your window sill, deduct 1/4″. If you don’t have a sill, measure height to point where wood window blind is to reach.

Inside Mount Height Measure

OUTSIDE MOUNT

(1) Find Width: Measure exact distance to the nearest1/8″ between the outermost points where the natural wood blind is to be placed. For best light control, this measurement should extend 3/4″ beyond the window opening on each side (or 1 1/2″ for the entire width).

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(2) Find Height: Measure exact distance to the nearest 1/8″ from where top of natural wood blind will be located to top of sill. If there is no sill or if the wood window blind is to overlap window frame, measure to point natural wood blind is to reach.

Make sure to ask for extension brackets if you need them!

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For other measuring How-To’s visit our Measure & Install page! Now that you’re done measuring your windows, check out our vast selection of 2″ & 2.5″ wood blinds!

How To Choose Blinds For Your Home

How to choose blinds for your home is a great question to have! Choosing to purchase discount blinds is a cost-efficient move for any homeowner, but it helps to get to know the different materials available so you can make the most out of your investment. The three common materials used for blinds are wood, faux wood, and vinyl. Each has its own set of distinct traits that makes it ideal for different uses. Read our tips on how to choose blinds and materials for your home!

Wood: Although more challenging to clean than other materials, blinds made of wood offer a classy, polished look to any home design. Wood blinds are best used in rooms that aren’t too humid, such as a bedroom or study. The material has a tendency to warp when kept in moist conditions. Wood is also a natural insulator. Installing wood blinds helps promote energy efficiency in the home. They serve as a barrier between the room and the window, which can help you save energy and lower cooling and heating costs.

Faux Wood: Also known as composite wood, faux wood is a mixture of wood components and synthetic plastic materials. Blinds made with this material provide you with the wood-grain texture of natural wood at a more affordable price. It’s even possible to find discount blinds in this material that offer protection from ultraviolet rays as well. Although faux wood blinds lack the large color selection that wood blinds have, you can easily install them in areas or rooms with high levels of humidity. Faux wood blinds aren’t prone to warping or cracking; because of their tolerance to humid climates, they can be installed in most rooms, no matter if it’s hot or cold outside.

Vinyl: Because vinyl is easy to clean and is available in various colors and grains, it has been a popular choice for those looking for discount blinds. Vinyl window blinds are some of the best options for areas where there’s a lot of moisture and frequent direct contact with water, such as bathrooms and kitchens. No single blind is perfect for every room in the house. By looking into the benefits each material provides, it becomes easier to not only narrow down your choices, but also to select discount blinds that will serve your home well in the long run.

Inspiring Interiors: Summer Lovin’

I’m really  getting a lot of inspiration while browsing through Pinterest today. Here are some of my picks!

These woven woods give this room a cultural and rustic look. Paired with a couple of tribal pillows and an awesome mirror, this room definitely shows an eclectic personality. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com woven woods here!

Gingham Draperies. Stunning. I absolutely love this crisp Parisian pleated drapery choice. It gives the room a fresh look, accompanied by the English-style accessories and greenery. Check out our fabric selection, and our Parisian Pleated Draperies here.

Groovy font on the wall, and yellow bar stools…enough said.

Earthy off-white roller shade screens. An energy efficient, yet chic choice for this contemporary, yet warm dining room. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com Roller Shade selection here.

Get inspired.