On 7 June 2018, the ACT’s Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission released its decision to increase household energy prices by approximately 14.29% ($5.73 a week).
The price hike took effect on 1 July 2018, and may be the first of many in coming years, due to increasing wholesale power prices and the growing cost of meeting the national renewable energy target.
It’s a tough hit for Canberra home owners, many of whom are already struggling to keep their houses warm during our harsh winters – even with the air conditioner running throughout the day and night.
Clever Canberrans are already looking for ways to cut back on energy usage, by using alternative methods to keep the heat in and the cold out (and vice versa during summer).
We have had an influx of enquiries about the benefits of curtains for natural heating and cooling, with more people wanting to find out how curtains can increase energy efficiency in the home.
More than a pretty face
With Canberra frequently showing the most extreme weather variations of any state or territory in the country, it’s easy to understand why we may be a little more choosy about how we dress our windows.
Of course, there are many home owners who choose to install curtains simply because they love the look. Available in a huge range of colours and styles, curtains can certainly add elegance to any room.
Other home owners however, value curtains for the functionality they provide. In winter, the right curtain is capable of blocking cold air from coming through the window, while retaining the existing heat in the room.
Not all curtains are created equal
Unfortunately, you cannot just go out and grab any curtain, put up a rod, and hope it will block out the elements.
Most “ready-made” and store-bought curtains are more aesthetic than anything else, and do not have the components needed to provide much (if any) protection from the cold.
Ideally, chat to a specialist who can help you determine what type of curtain you need, based on what you want your new curtains to be able to do. It’s important to balance functionality with aesthetics to complement existing features in your room.
The importance of installation
In addition to the type of curtain you choose, it’s essential to ensure proper installation – especially if you want your curtains to do more than just cover your window.
For curtains to retain heat and block cold air from seeping in, they need to be meticulously measured and fitted in a particular way.
We are regularly called to re-do curtains that have been incorrectly fitted, which allow too much cold air to flow through (making them impractical as an energy-saver).
Our installers are specially trained, with many years’ experience, to ensure that everything from the size of the curtain to its distance from the window, the placement of the track, and a few other trade secrets are brilliantly executed to provide maximum return on investment.
If you really do want to use curtains to keep your energy bills down – both in winter and summer – it needs to be done properly. And this means the right type of curtains, and the highest quality installation.
Does it really work?
Don’t take our word for it. Here is a testimonial from one of our recent customers…
“We were tired of keeping the heater running all day and night, and wanted a more efficient way to keep the house warm. We went to see Martin at Regency Knights to find out if curtains would do the trick, and he was able to walk us through all of our different options and explain how they would work. We settled on the design, and Regency Knights installed our new curtains.
Since then, we only need to turn on the heater for an hour when we get home just to warm up the living area. We very rarely need to heat the bedrooms, and it’s nice not to have hot air blowing constantly around the house. I would definitely recommend curtains for adding warmth to a home, if it’s done professionally to get the results we’ve experienced from Regency Knights.”
For more information about using curtains to save on electricity in your home, or to book a free measure and quote, give us a call on (02) 6147 0469 or pop in to see us at 1/60 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.