Here in Indiana, we have had a crazy hot end to summer. Most days, I love opening my window treatments to let the sun shine in, but lately I have been using my shades and window treatment to help conserve my air conditioner. I’ll talk more about window treatments in a minute, but first I want to share a contest opportunity for you from Lennox®.
The Energy Savings Superstar Contest is an annual contest Lennox® executes with an amazing prize (official contest rules). It is going on now through the end of the month (Aug 31).
To enter the Lennox® Energy Savings Superstar Contest, just submit:
- An energy-saving tip you use in the summer
- A picture that illustrates this tip.
Four finalists will be chosen and users can vote on their favorite from September 12-18. Then the winner will be chosen on September 28th and win the amazing Lennox® prize package which includes:
- $10,000 in Lennox® heating and air conditioning equipment
- A year supply of ice cream
- Tickets to the closest local water park
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Window treatments are used throughout our home. Not do curtains help conserve the air conditioner, but they look pretty. One the back (East) side of our home, we only have curtains which can be closed if necessary. However, since this side of the home sees the morning sun there isn’t a privacy issue (there is a field behind our home), we rarely need to use these window treatments.
The front of our home faces the west and sees the hot afternoon/evening sun. We have blinds AND curtain panels on these windows, and lately we have been closing both to keep our home cooler.
Window treatments can get expensive, but here are a few DIY tips for saving money on curtain panels.
Often, the longer odd-sized curtain panels can be found on clearance. Snatch them up because there are three simple ways to adjust them so they fit your window.
1. Adjust the length by hemming them. If sewing is not your thing, recruit someone who can help.
2. Use drapery ring hooks. Fold over curtain panels which are too long on drapery ring hooks to hold the fabric in place. This method also helps extend length if your curtain panel is just a tad too short.
3. Use hem tape. The iron-on version works great for lighter-weight fabrics.
Don’t forget to share your energy-saving tip (and picture) for your chance to win The Energy Savings Superstar Contest!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Canada (excluding Quebec) U.S. (DC) the age of majority in their jurisdiction. Ends 8/31/2016. For Prize info and Official Rules visit: http://static.lennox.com/pdfs/legal/OfficialContestRules2016-FINAL.pdf Sponsor: Lennox. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.