Automated Shades Save Energy Costs

Watch this video to learn more about how window treatments can help you save on energy costs.

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In this video, Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media, had a chance to sit down with Ryan Chacon, president of PowerShades. The spotlight turns to an often-overlooked aspect of home energy efficiency: window treatments. As the quest for sustainable living intensifies, understanding the pivotal role of shades in a comprehensive energy strategy becomes impactful.

Chacon highlights how window treatments can revolutionize energy conservation. By effectively managing solar gain through strategic shading, homeowners can enjoy substantial savings while maintaining comfort year-round. Where does it have the greatest impact? “The main area of savings would be your heating and cooling cost. You can save as much as 30% on HVAC costs by utilizing window treatments.”

With a cloud-based system that considers factors like geographical location and window orientation, PowerShades can optimize indoor temperatures based on the sun's position throughout the year. This automation isn't just about convenience; it's a strategic approach to minimize solar gain and maximize daylighting, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and cooling systems.

PowerShades' innovation extends to its Power over Ethernet (PoE) products, epitomized by their minimal energy consumption. The ability to store energy within the shade itself eliminates power surges, making these shades an ideal choice for large-scale, eco-conscious projects like the net-zero Hotel Marcel in Connecticut. This technology exemplifies how smart design can lead to significant energy savings without compromising on functionality or aesthetics.

At VISION House Mariposa Meadows, an off-grid mountain sanctuary, PowerShades showcased its seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality. The automated window treatments allow for the conservation of the solar energy produced on-site while optimizing the beautiful views and guests' connection with nature. The careful selection of fabrics and materials underscores the importance of design in achieving high-performance, energy-efficient solutions.

PowerShades offers more than just window treatments; they provide a gateway to smarter, more sustainable living. By integrating advanced technology with eco-friendly materials, PowerShades sets a new standard for energy efficiency in modern homes, proving that every detail counts in the journey towards sustainability.

“We’ve enjoyed this project that we’ve worked on with you, and we’re excited to see it through to completion,” Chacon concludes.

Watch the video to learn more about PowerShades’ innovations, and visit the VISION House Mariposa Meadows website to learn more about the other products that make this off-grid project possible.