In my past career life, I worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the US Department of Energy. I was on “the inside”, privy to the many ways consumers can save money on heating and cooling costs. Unfortunately, everyone cannot afford double pane windows or solar rooftop panels. So I also learned some of the least expensive methods to reduce energy consumption. Enter blackout curtain panels.
In addition to an added layer of privacy, blackout curtain panels provide insulation and energy saving benefits year round. In the winter, the opaque-lined panels help keep homes warmer (drafty windows can be a major problem in older homes). And in the summer months, the panels help “blackout” sunlight and UV rays thereby keeping your home cooler. The room-darkening effect of blackout curtain panels can also help with sleep issues, especially for children or adults with non-traditional sleep schedules.
There was a time when blackout window treatments were only available in a few select colors and fabrics. Thankfully, they now come in a variety of hues and textures. Like most products, blackout curtain panels range in price. If you have the funds, feel free to splurge on the $100+ per panel from your favorite retailer. I purchased my burnt orange blackout curtain panels from Target for $24.99/panel (smile). And if you already have window coverings that you love, don’t worry! You can also purchase blackout liners from retailers like West Elm and IKEA.
For the cost of an ordinary window covering, or perhaps a few dollars more, you can experience the energy saving benefits of blackout curtain panels year round. Give them a try!
Do you have blackout window treatments? Let me know your thoughts!