Insulating Window Treatments Save Energy and Look Good Doing It

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Light. Openness. Beauty. Windows bring all of these and so much more to a room. Without windows, our homes would lack comfort, sanctuary, inspiration. Yet controlling window dynamics, such as glare and heat transfer, can be a challenge. Without any control, your home may be uncomfortably hot in the summer, cold in the winter or expensive to heat and cool, and your furnishings may be getting ruined by harmful UV rays.
There are a lot of window-fashion options out there, but one product in particular, cellular window shades, was designed specifically to help a homeowner save money — and it looks good doing it without impeding all the benefits of the window.
“Our window shades, which we manufacture right here in Vermont, are of such high quality they can pay for themselves in 5 to 8 years through reduced energy costs.” Says Michelle Graveline-Welch a representative for CellularWindowShades.com, an online store making and selling insulating honeycomb shades. “The thing is, they don’t just save money — they help with privacy and glare, and they are really beautiful to look at. We tell customers, if they are on the fence, to put them in just one room, and inevitably they come back for more because they really do work.”
Insulating cellular shades work by blocking solar heat gain outside in the summer and trapping it inside in the winter. There is also a sidetrack system, which creates a four-sided seal so the energy savings are even more powerful.
Homeowners can proactively keep their homes more comfortable without relying on heating and cooling systems as much. Simply closing their shades during the day and opening them at night in the summer will help capture and keep the cool night air, and reversing the process in the winter will help contain the solar gain.
One added benefit of cellular window shades with the energy saving sidetrack system is the tax savings. After all, what homeowner doesn’t want to save money on energy bills and taxes? By insulating windows with the sidetrack system, homeowners can earn a tax credit for 10 percent of the cost in 2011, up to a maximum of $500 through Dec. 31, 2011. For more information on the tax credit and saving energy with window fashions, visit CellularWindowShades.com.

Take a Break From Home Improvement, Chores

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For the young homeowner, each year presents a new set of home improvement projects. The year 2012 is no different.
As each task — from kitchen remodeling to hardwood floor installation — is completed, you can feel the momentum building. Inching your way ever closer to the ultimate dream-home goal, you keep pressing. But as any doctor will tell you, too much of one thing is rarely good. That’s why 2012 is the year to supplement your home improvement pace with some fun filled activities designed to reduce stress and reinvigorate that designer spirit.
Here are five ideas that can help you feel renewed while you continue your home improvement dream:
1. Get out of the house. Whether you are simply going for a walk or taking a weekend camping trip with the family, some time away from your canvas can rejuvenate those creative juices. Trips to art galleries can be especially helpful as new themes spark creative ideas that make your home improvement job more enjoyable.
2. Watch a funny movie. Sometimes all you need is a good laugh to rebuild your spirits and relax your tired brain. The latest comedy from Seven Arts,
“The Pool Boys,” stars Matthew Lillard (“Scream,” “The Descendants”), Brett Davern (MTV’s “Awkward.”), Efren Ramirez (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Eastbound & Down”), Rachel Lefevre (“Twilight, New Moon,” CBS’s “A Gifted Man”), and Hollywood’s favorite comedian, Tom Arnold. Learn more about “The Pool Boys” movie and see the R-rated trailer at www.ThePoolBoysMovie.com. The movie is currently playing “On Demand” from your local cable provider and premieres on computers, mobile phones, tablet computers and DVD.
3. Start a weekly game night. If you have a family, board games are a great way to strengthen that bond. If you are a single bachelor, grab some cards and poker chips. A Texas hold ’em poker night will be a great way to ease some stresses and can also bring some buddies who can help with larger projects in your house.
4. Keep up with your favorite hobby. Even if you think that your home improvement project is your hobby, you need to find something else to take your mind off of it for a while.
5. Have a party. Break up your home improvement projects into weekly tasks. As each task is completed, throw yourself a small bash to celebrate. When the festivities subside, regroup and refocus.

Cellular Window Shades Reduce Home Energy Costs While Boosting Appeal

Light. Openness. Beauty. Windows bring all of these and so much more to a room. Without windows, our homes would lack comfort, sanctuary, inspiration. Yet controlling window dynamics, such as glare and heat transfer, can be a challenge. Without any control, your home may be uncomfortably hot in the summer, cold in the winter or expensive to heat and cool, and your furnishings may be getting ruined by harmful UV rays.

There are a lot of window-fashion options out there, but one product in particular, cellular window shades , was designed specifically to help a homeowner save money – and it looks good doing it without impeding all the benefits of the window.

Doll Up Your House: Enter to Win a Free Roof!

Do you despise your old, ugly roof but don’t have the financial means to replace it? The largest roofing manufacturer in North America may have a brand new roof  waiting just for you.

GAF and the Lifetime show “Designing Spaces” are hosting a contest called “Ugly Roof Makeover, A Tribute to the Great American Homeowner.” GAF offers advanced quality roofing and 125 years of expert experience. In addition to roofing, GAF handles decking and railing as well. The corporation has more than 4,000 factory-certified contractors, plus manufacturing locations all across the country.