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Make an energy-efficient choice for Earth Day

Petal pink blackout curtains like this one look great year-round and serve a good purpose as well.

Petal pink blackout curtains like this one look great year-round and serve a good purpose as well.

In honor of Earth Day, the annual worldwide celebration of conservation and environmentalism, homeowners everywhere are taking a closer look at their interiors to see where they can make their home more efficient. While making major changes, like getting a more fuel-efficient car, can be difficult and hard to adopt, gradual efforts to solve drafts and other problems within your house can actually make more of a difference, and are typically very affordable. 

One of the biggest areas where your home can save money is insulation. Particularly if you reside in an older building, it's likely that this protection for your house is inadequate, leaving your interior subject to extreme summer heat and chilly drafts during the winter. One of the best things you can do if this applies to you is to try to bolster the efficiency of your home. 

There are a number of ways to do this, from replacing your windows to getting draft blockers to place along the bottom of the glass and underneath your doorways. In some situations, it's best to hire a contractor to improve the insulation within the walls of your home as well. But keeping the emissions associated with heating and cooling your home from becoming a problem doesn't have to be such a taxing task. 

Simply purchasing thermal window treatments such as velvet blackout drapes can help to keep cold air from coming in during the winter, while also staving off UV rays that heat up your house during the summer months. This is a simple solution to keeping your home more efficient year-round, and it's the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. 

Best of all, these curtains and drapes come in a variety of stylish colors, so you'll be sure to find a set that goes with the decor of your space no matter what.