Feng Shui embraces the art of conscious living which aligns our inner space with our outer environment. It is called mindful living.
Green design is in complete alignment with Feng Shui. Both promote honoring the Earth and leaving a lighter imprint and acknowledge that the earth is a living organism with finite resources and must be protected and honored as such. Feng Shui was the original purveyor of reduce, recycle, reuse, which is exactly what green design is about. The exciting news is that you can now find beautiful products that anyone would love to have in their home, and be a responsible “green” consumer!
In this fifth article of my series on the Green Home, I continue my conversation with Diana Zamudio, Owner and Founder of eco-6 design. Diana is a specialist in Green Design as well as Feng Shui and is the teacher for the Green Design Program at my West Coast Feng Shui Academy.
Previously we discussed eco-friendly wall finishes, eco-friendly flooring, and eco-friendly counter tops, along with an overview of a Green Home Remodel. Today we will discuss eco-friendly window-coverings.
In the following Q & A, I asked Diana to talk about eco-friendly window coverings.
Q. Can you tell me what makes a window covering eco-friendly?
A. There are different factor that makes any product eco-friendly. We ask these four questions:
- Is it sustainable?
- Is it made of non-toxic, natural materials?
- It is made of recycled content?
- It is energy efficient?
More and more window covering companies are removing toxins from their products, using more natural materials along with content that that has been recycled. Hunter Douglas Window Coverings is one of the leading companies that are keeping up with the green movement.
Q. What is the main factor to consider when considering eco-friendly window coverings?
A. When it comes to windows and window coverings, energy conservation is the main factor that makes window coverings eco-friendly. Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50 percent of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. I only use the Hunter Douglas line because I feel they are the leader in both energy efficiency and green materials.There are other companies that have a great line of products that are made with materials that are green, and/or are energy efficient, but Hunter Douglas has both. These window fashions provide window insulation, offering your home increased protection against heat loss during the winter, as well as minimizing the sun’s heat or “solar heat” during the summer.
(Note to reader, I don’t get commissions for recommending products in my articles and am not a rep for these companies. Diana Zamudio does carry these lines in her store at eco6design.)
Q. Can you tell me how these products conserve energy?
A. All of their products conserve energy at the window in these three significant ways:
It’s a scientific fact that heat is attracted to cold. In winter months, indoor heating moves toward and escapes through windows to the outdoors, while in summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. Many Hunter Douglas window fashions boast high ‘R-values’ which is the measure of a product’s ability to resist heat flow helping reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and creating a more comfortable room.