If you look at the eco-friendly home from one perspective, anything electrical immediately goes against an environmentalist’s principles. However, if you analyze the situation in further detail, it’s possible to use electricity to a green advantage.
The title has probably given the game away here – we’re specifically focusing on motorized blinds. On one hand, these appear to be an absolute drain on our natural resources. After all, how can you legislate for a product which taps into electricity even though we’ve been used to “pulling a cord” for so many years?
If you scrutinize the bigger picture though, motorized blinds could have a place in every eco-home in the country. To start with, one doesn’t have to rely on electricity for them to function. Some of the more recent inventions concentrate on solar; whereby the device is powered purely through UV rays. Ultimately, you are not sparing any strain on electricity – everything is green and works a charm.
For whatever reason, taking an electrical-free approach might not be possible. Whether it’s the initial expense or through the fact that your glazing just does not attract a large amount of sun – sometimes you will have to opt for the traditional motorized blind.
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to hinder you from an environmental point of view. Motorized blinds might have seemingly been developed for those homeowners which have too much money to burn, but a lot of people are starting to buy them to reduce their energy usage.
For example, we’re now in the middle of winter. When you come home on an evening, there’s every chance that your property is bordering on freezing or the central heating timer has been initiated. Both are far from ideal from an eco-perspective – and this is where that motorized blind which can be programmed comes into the equation.
The vast majority of motorized blinds arrive with a timer function, which allows them to be programmed for set periods of the day. You can dictate not only when to open and close them, but also how much natural light you wish to shine through. This is obviously invaluable in the middle of winter, where you can allow that afternoon sun to shine through and add at least some heat to your rooms, whilst closing them when darkness falls to insulate again the cold.
Of course, the same can occur in summer. Blocking out the hot solar rays during the day, only to open them for the cooler portions of the day, can again manipulate your room temperature to a manageable state.
Hopefully, you’re now starting to understand just how much power these blinds have. In some cases they are an unnecessary strain on the earth’s resources. However, if you look at the bigger picture, there is tremendous potential for the energy savings to well and truly outweigh the costs in running these devices. Then again, if you’ve opted for a solar-powered blind as well, the benefits can be even more obvious.