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June 07, 2023
Blog Blinds Automation Energy efficient Sustainability

How does automation help the environment?

Here’s how you can use automation at home to help save the environment and reduce your household energy use.

Motorising and automating your blinds and curtains is something you can do that will help to promote energy efficiency, reduce resource consumption, and minimise your environmental impact.

In recent years, climate change has become an increasingly pressing issue that threatens the well-being of our planet. As individuals, we have the power to make positive changes in our daily habits that can help combat the effects of climate change. By making conscious choices to reduce our carbon footprint, such as reducing waste, recycling and upcycling, and switching to renewable energy, we can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Conserving energy within your home is another valuable change that can be made, and one that is achievable by making a few conscious decisions around your window furnishings.

Motorising and automating your blinds and curtains is something you can do that will help to promote energy efficiency, reduce resource consumption, and minimise your environmental impact. And it's not only new blinds and curtains that can be automated either. Our easy retrofit system will enable you to convert your current chain-driven roller blinds to motorisation, thereby reducing waste and utilising existing resources. Find out more about retrofitting below.

So how can automating your window furnishing help the environment, combat climate change and save the planet? Here are five key ways in which it can help:

Energy Conservation

Automated blinds and curtains can be programmed to adjust based on time, sunlight intensity, or temperature. By automatically opening or closing your blinds and curtains at optimal times, you can make the most of the natural light and heat gain from the sun. This reduces reliance on artificial lighting and heating or cooling systems, which helps to conserve energy. Over time, the cumulative energy savings can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production, and reduce your expenditure at the same time.

Smart Scheduling

Automation systems for blinds can be integrated with smart home technology and environmental sensors. By leveraging data on sunlight levels, room occupancy, and outdoor conditions, your blinds can be scheduled to optimise energy efficiency. For example, during winter, your blinds can be opened to let the sunlight in and naturally warm up your space, reducing heating requirements. Similarly, during summer, your blinds can automatically close during the warmest part of the day, reducing heat gain and your need for air conditioning. It's a win-win, no matter the season!

Load Reduction

Automated blinds can be part of a larger home automation system that manages your overall energy load. By coordinating with other devices like thermostats, lighting systems, or energy management systems, your blinds and curtains can contribute to load reduction strategies. For instance, if the system detects high energy demand, it can automatically adjust your window furnishings to minimise heat gain or loss, reducing the strain on the HVAC* system and optimising energy consumption.
*HVAC = Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

Lighting Efficiency

Automated blinds and curtains can be operated by systems that detect ambient light levels and adjust your blinds accordingly. By optimising the natural light, you can reduce the need for light bulbs and lengthen their lifespan, thereby minimising the use of resources and reducing waste, as well as reducing the energy required to operate artificial lighting.

Environmental Awareness

Automating your blinds and curtains can also enhance your awareness of energy consumption and encourage more sustainable habits. By seeing the real-time energy savings and the positive changes in your carbon footprint, you may become more conscious of your own environmental impact in other areas. This increased mindfulness can extend to other aspects of your lifestyle, leading to further eco-friendly choices and behaviours.

How to motorise your existing blinds

Our Type A and Type B retrofit programs enable you to upgrade your existing blinds to motorised blinds using market-leading technology. We have extensive how-to guides and videos on our website that take you step-by-step through the retrofit process, making it easy for you to do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

  • Retrofitting your blinds offers you many benefits on top of energy savings, such as:
  • Added convenience and luxury at the touch of a button
  • Saving money and reducing waste by upgrading rather than replacing your existing roller blinds
  • Less risk for children with the removal of unwanted chains
  • The ability to create settings and moods with smart home integration*
  • Privacy and security features* to keep your home and family safe

*Requires the addition of an automation system.

While automating your blinds and curtains alone won't single-handedly save the planet, it's a small but meaningful step towards a more energy-efficient and sustainable future. And when combined with other green practices, it can contribute to a larger collective effort in preserving our planet's resources and helping combat the effects of climate change.

What next?

Decide on your product.
If you need some inspiration, visit our gallery or Instagram page for ideas and real-life photos from our customers.  

Order your free fabric samples.
Once you’ve decided which product you prefer, make use of our free fabric samples. They will allow you to see and feel the fabrics before selecting the one you like best. Not only are our samples FREE, but we also Express Post them to you so you get them super fast.

Measure your windows.
So, if you've got a home that could benefit from a refresh, let us help you with our range of how-to videos! The DIY process is easy to follow, and it will make a world of difference to your home, we promise.

Place your order.
Simply jump on our website and place your order via our easy online ordering system.
Need some help? You can either contact our customer service team or book a free design consultation with me.
Thanks for reading!

Mike Gubby. 

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