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July 27, 2010

Green Your Bedroom: Blinds and Drapes

Window shutters The bedroom’s where you spend much of your time. Even if you’re sleeping for most of it, it’s important to ensure that your home’s most intimate room is in line with the principles of sustainability. This week’s tips will help you get there.

Tip #2: Shut Out the World

Darkness is essential to sleep, and shutters are critical to darkness. But you can achieve that blackout in the bedroom while doing your part to keep the Earth’s future bright. Remember that the greenest blinds are the most durable. If you’re going for cloth, though, consider buying used drapes (but steer clear of old vinyls, which may contain lead) or choosing an organic textile. Keeping them pulled when you’re not home saves energy by regulating the room’s temperature so that you won’t need the air conditioner or heater. To boot, energy-efficient window coverings can net you a hefty tax credit if they're installed by December 31.

Tell us: What kind of blinds do you have in your bedroom?

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