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Nest Pewter roman blind in a bedroom with a blanket and throw pillows on the bed

How to make your home more energy efficient

Discover how window dressings can help make your home more energy efficient.

Emily Booth one of the writers at Hillarys

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 01/01/2016

Updated: 07/09/2022

If you're looking for ways to help make your home more energy-efficient, then our range of blinds, curtains and shutters have got you covered. Take a look at our top energy saving solutions.

Dimension Ember geometrical patterned Roman blinds in grey and copper in a grey living room

It’s all in the lining

All of our curtains are lined as standard, but for added cosiness we recommend you upgrade to a thermal lining. Our thermal linings are made from a thicker sateen twill fabric with a special coating which actively helps prevent heat loss.

If your window would be better suited to a Roman blind, you can improve its insulating properties by opting for interlining which not only looks great but is also super soft and seriously snug.

Living Room with Blackout Curtains in Wolfe Smoulder fabric and Cley Mole Dark Grey Roman Blinds from the Abigail Ahern Collection

Layer it up

British weather is renowned for its changeability. Bright sunshine one minute, a downpour the next. By layering your window coverings, you can maximise light while keeping the dreariest days at bay.

Create a stunning look by combining a patterned blind with a plain or textured curtain. You could even include a voile for a softer finish. And if you add thermal linings to your blind and curtains, you’ll be putting your winter clothes away for good.

Abigail Ahern - Interior Designer
There is nothing like a beautiful curtain or blind to snug up an interior – they add such visual warmth and create the cosiest vibe.
Abigail Ahern - Interior Designer

Honeycomb isn’t just for bees

Our cleverly designed ThermaShadeTM Pleated blinds are made up of honeycomb-shaped cells that create an insulating layer at your window, to help keep your space at a comfortable temperature all year round. They're a practical solution that can help you save on your energy bills and are available in a wide range of colours and styles.

modern living room with blue sofa and full height white shutters in a bay window

Just shut it out

Solid or slatted wooden shutters are a fantastic option for controlling the light and regulating the temperature. Tracked shutters are a particularly good choice for patio doors, giving you the flexibility to shut out the cold or let the light flood in. Tier-on-tier shutters are another great choice, as they consist of independently operated top and bottom panels. This gives you real flexibility to control your environment, making sure your room always feels comfortable and cosy.

Conserve energy in your outside rooms

Floor to ceiling glazing and roof lights are a key trend in home extensions, and of course, conservatories. But while looking great, it can be difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in these rooms all year round.

Combine Pleated blinds with ThermaShadeTM technology for the side windows and fit roof blinds from our SolarPleatTM fabric range to actively reflect heat. So, when it’s hot, you stay cool and when it’s cooler, you stay toasty.

Wood Venetian Illusions blinds in a white kitchen with a sink and a cooker and hob.

Wet, wet, wet

Let’s not forget that in colder months as well as chilly temperatures there is also more moisture in the air. Excessive moisture, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms can result in condensation and the build-up of unsightly mould on windows and window coverings.

Our range of beautiful and durable waterproof blinds and shutters mean you have to compromise on function over style.  Our waterproof fabrics are available in Vertical and Roller blinds, faux wood Venetian blinds, and in our Henley range of window shutters.

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