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Our last house in London was a lovely place. It was large, by London standards, and it was light and airy. Unfortunately in the winter, that was also it’s problem: it was very, very cold. Considering how cold it has been this winter, I was very glad we weren’t there as without double glazing, it must have been freezing.
If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I’m pretty keen on environmentally friendly living, so when I was approached to write about energy saving blinds, I thought it a good opportunity to find out more, because now that I’m not returning to full time work, any chance of saving money works for me!
So, what are money saving blinds?
Well, Tuiss blinds come in three energy saving choices â€“ 9%, 12% and 15%. According to their website, â€œThe installation of these blinds can reduce the total household energy usage by up to 9%, 12% or 15%, a huge benefit when even the best performing windows lose five times as much heat as the same area of wall.â€
Apparently, the plastic backing on the back of the blinds also reflects the heat of the sun back out before it has a chance to convert to heat, causing sun facing rooms to be cooler.
Heat loss through windows is greatest at night so pull these thermal blinds down, conserve energy and save money to boot.
The 15% blinds can save you up to Â£133 a year, 12% can save up to Â£110 a year, and the 9% blinds can save you up to Â£77 a year.
As for the blinds themselves, they are 100% polyester and has been especially designed and coated to be thermally efficient. The manufacture of the fabric isn’t particularly environmentally friendly but once the blinds are put to use they bring real eco benefit by reducing energy consumption â€“ unfortunately I can’t find a comparison to say how long they have to be in use to cancel out the effect of their manufacturing.
Packaging for Tuiss blinds is as environmentally friendly as possible while still protecting your blinds. All of the cardboard used is recycled, the sticky tape uses a waterbased glue and the bubble wrap is biodegradable.
I’d love to hear from anyone who has used energy saving blinds. Have you found them to save you money? Do leave a comment and let me know!