Hot Home Summer Tips – Blinds Direction?


“Should my horizontal blinds direct the light up to the ceiling or down to the floor?”

This might seem like an insignificant question, but  based on a little research, this household argument ranks with, “toilet seat up or down” and “toilet paper roll top or bottom.” The good news is that this dispute can be settled with simple facts.

It is a fact that directing your blinds so the light reflects to your ceiling will result in less heating and could lower your utility bill in the summer. In addition, blinds arranged in this direction reduces the ability to see into your home which adds to privacy and security. Of course, in the winter time, you might want to utilize the heating from the sun and reverse your blinds, so the sun can heat your floors, but your privacy will be reduced.

Another tip for reducing heat transfer is to position your blinds as close to your window as possible and to use a highly reflective material and/or color.

If your spouse prefers it one way and you the other, maybe you can agree to turn them up only when the temperature is over 90º or alternate every other day or week. In the end, it truly comes down to your personal preference. If your spouse is in need of light to help battle depression it might be cheaper to pay a little extra on the cooling bill versus counseling or medication. Or, maybe it would be best to “turn a blind eye” and pick a different battle.

Other quick tips to reduce summer utilities:

  • Awnings to shade your home
  • Trees to shade your home
  • Reflective film for windows
  • Install energy efficient windows
  • Clean A/C filters
  • Clean A/C unit
  • Set your A/C up 2-4 degree higher when away – programmable thermostat is best.
  • Have your unit checked by a quality insured home professional.

Be sure to check out our other tips in our weekly blog.

Sam Clifton – Certified Green Professional


What is a Certified Green Professional?

In short, a Certified Green Professional (CGP) is an earned designations that identifies Sam Clifton as a professional who incorporates energy efficient and green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction.

If you are building a new home or remodeling, a Certified Green Professional understands how to best take maximum advantage of the natural contours of the land and how to preserve water quality on site. For example, they will design a home’s window placements to either promote the sun’s heating effects in the home in colder climates, or offset it in warmer regions. They’ll recommend trim, cabinets and flooring that don’t use harmful solvents and sealers, and they’ll show you how you can save water inside and outside your home.

More and more, home owners that are looking for ways to save energy and be kind to the environment when they build, remodel or renovate a home are seeking help from a Certified Green Professional (CGP).

A Certified Green Professional knows how to combine good, cost-effective building science with an ever-expanding selection of products and materials to build or remodel a home with sustainability in mind. They are trained to incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects – and to teach you (the consumer) how to best take advantage of these features.

Trying to build or renovate a home to be energy efficient or green can be a complex, confusing process without some professional guidance. Terminology such as low-E windows, dual-flush toilets, tankless water heaters and ENERGY STAR ratings doesn’t make a lot of sense without some explanation, and with the ever-growing number of products on the market today promoted as “green,” it’s hard to know which ones will actually achieve your goals.

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Coursework to become a CGP is based on the National Green Building Standard, the only ANSI-approved rating system for green homes, developments and remodeling projects. The standard includes sections on energy, water and resource efficiency; indoor environmental quality; lot and site development; and home owner education.