People add window coverings for a wide range of reasons, from a desire to make their home feel cozier to a desire to improve their home’s energy efficiency. At Half Price Drapes, we’re dedicated to offering our customers as many options is possible, which is why you can choose from a variety of linings to ensure you get the coverage you want.
That said, when you’re dealing with companies that don’t value quality over quantity, it can be hard to know which treatments are really energy efficient and which are a waste of money. A company in Australia wants to make it easy for you to decide by introducing a ten-star rating system.
At the moment, they’ve rolled out the program as a test on vertical blinds, roller blinds, honeycomb shades, shutters, and a few other options. They’re working to add curtains, Roman blinds, and other coverings.
The ratings wouldn’t give numbers on how much you could potentially save by adding these products, they would simply let you know, by using a comparative system, which window coverings are more and less energy efficient.
They’ve followed the example of Australian labeling for energy star ratings, and have used red for heating and blue for cooling. In the future they’re going to offer certificates to retailers that give information to pass on to consumers, and the government will eventually be able to use these ratings in potential regulations on energy efficient homes.
The company hopes that not only will this arm consumers with the info they need to compare products, but it will actually drive some poor products from the market. Think about it like this: If a company claims they have curtains that block out 99% of the sun’s UV rays, yet their rating is low, consumers are likely to stop buying that product. This can make room for more affordably priced window coverings that truly serve the public’s purposes.
At Half Price Drapes, we welcome a system like this. Our goal has always been for our customers to love every product they buy from us, and the more information you have before you make your purchase, the better your transaction will be. In fact, that’s why we offer our fabric swatch program. Just order up to $10 worth of fabric samples and you’ll be charged nothing more than a small shipping fee. That’s right – we offer up to $10 worth of free fabric!