Archive for the ‘Energy saving blinds’ Category

The energy price cap rise is coming – it’s time for some savvy home swaps   

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The Government’s energy price cap is set to rise by some 10 per cent from 1st April this year (Ofgem) 1, leaving many consumers facing additional costs to heat their homes. Money-saving advisers such as Martin Lewis have been urging homeowners to shop around for the best energy deals and not assume the recently-introduced price caps will automatically mean their tariff is the best one for their household usage. Furthermore, customers may be unaware that the energy price caps do not apply to those on a fixed-term tariff.2

Duette® energy saving blinds are a great option for homeowners updating window dressings as they are proven to retain up to 46 per cent more heat in a room, thanks to their unique honeycomb design. By reducing the amount of heat escaping from windows, the place where homes lose most heat, they can also reduce heating bills by up to 25 per cent.

“Alongside switching supplier or tariff, there are some clever and simple ways to keep homes warmer without increasing energy bills,” says Apollo’s Matt Thomas.“New energy caps limit the price a supplier can charge per kilowatt-hour (kWH) of electricity and gas, but they don’t cap the customer’s total bill which will vary depending on how much energy they use. With this in mind and with the cap due to rise, it’s doubly important for homeowners to consider other ways to reduce their energy consumption and save money.”

Follow these easy ways to keep the warmth in homes and reduce energy bills:

Move the furniture around. If furniture is pushed up against the radiator then that can block off the heat. Move sofas and other items around to allow warmth to circulate around the room.

Savvy Swaps. Upgrade window blinds – with Duette® energy saving blinds; rather than using a household radiator to heat up the bedroom, a heated blanket could be the answer to winter bills issues; The Energy Saving Trust also suggests that swapping a halogen bulb for an LED could cut costs by £80! Save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.

Don’t heat unused space. If there is a room in your house that isn’t used regularly then turn down the radiator in that particular room. Don’t turn it off completely as that can lead to problems with damp.

Unplug any unused electrical appliances, such as games consoles, speakers, DVD players etc. This will save £20-£30 a year. Households with more appliances could reach annual savings between £50 and £80. A wall timer that automatically turns appliances off can save the need for constantly unplugging and plugging in appliances.

Get used to a cooler house! Instead of turning the heating down, try not turning it up as much, acclimatising the body to a slight lower indoor temperature. According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing heating by just one degree, could cut 10% off the annual heating bill – about £75 a year! Be careful not to go too low which could be unhealthy, the World Health Organisation states that 18 degrees is a suitable temperature for healthy people who are appropriately dressed.

Be smarter about using appliances.  Running one full load in the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer, uses less energy than two half loads. When making a cup of tea, only boil the amount of water needed in the kettle. It costs on average 2.5p to boil a full 1.5 pint kettle. Washing clothes at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can be a third cheaper, meaning savings of up to £52 a year.

Available in a kaleidoscope of colours and fabric options Duette® Blinds will fit seamlessly into existing decor.  They can be fitted to any window (including sash windows or bay windows) providing a non-permanent, energy-saving solution. Opting for no visible cords and motorised blinds make the investment in this energy saving solution even more appealing.

The A-Z of Window Blinds

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Apollo Blinds has put together this useful A-Z guide to window blinds to help navigate the growing number of types of window coverings and fabrics available, as well as explaining any terminology and technological advances in window blinds operating systems.

Energy Saving Blinds Get a Revamp for 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

We’ve got great news if you’re searching for a chic spring/summer home update.  Our stunning Duette® blinds don’t just look good, they can help to save energy and money spent on heating bills.

Who wouldn’t want these super-stylish insulating blinds? Their original honeycomb structure helps prevent heat loss at windows, and some are made from 100% recycled fabrics.

The Apollo Blinds collection just got even better, with new energy saving features and additional styles.

What’s better than one layer of innovative, insulating fabric? Two of course!

Launching for 2018, the ‘double-layered’ Duette® Architella® blind, with a pioneering ‘dual honeycomb structure’ are the most energy efficient blinds on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independently tested at the Fraunhofer Institut (Germany), original Duette® blinds were proven to slash heating bills by up to 25%. In the same tests, the new Architella® blind pumped this up to a huge 37% saving on heating energy.

Apollo Blinds director Mike Stephen says: “Sales of Duette® blinds have really been hotting up in recent years, as homeowners warm to heat-retaining blinds as a simple way to insulate homes.

“Now, with an extra layer of fabric within the first honeycomb pleat, the Duette® Architella® cell-within-a-cell construction performs even better.”

Stunning New Colours and More Fabric Choices

Apollo Blinds now boasts the biggest collection of made to measure Duette® blinds in the UK.

There are 170+ fabric colours, textures and designs, three width variations and a huge choice of transparencies (from blackout to semi-sheer).

Proving Duette® blinds aren’t just about function – the new range includes subtle striped and checks, plus gorgeous linen and woven looks. Great for adding some texture at windows.

Fabrics to look out for include Elan (a simple, elegant textured fabric like finely woven cotton), Batiste (a delicate fabric that resembles linen, the sheer option is akin to a linen voile) and Unix (a larger scale weave-effect fabric but still very understated).

Duotone (white on the reverse with additional heat reflecting qualities) and Fulltone (same colour on front and reverse for a consistent look) options are also available on most fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservatory: Batiste Elephant Duette® blinds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen/dining room – Elan Raven Duette® blinds

There’s the eco-friendly option too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caring for the planet has moved up the priority list for many homeowners when it comes to product choice.

There are three fabrics made from 100% RECYCLED TEXTILES in Apollo’s Duette® Relife® range, saving on landfill and energy in the home.

Size Matters

Apollo Blinds has also introduced three pleat sizes so there’s an option to match windows of all dimensions and no fear of scaling issues on very large or very small windows.

A 25mm pleat offers the ideal solution for smaller windows, medium-sized windows look great with a 32mm pleat, while the extra large 64mm blind offers a robust look that is especially suitable for large windows – a popular feature in modern homes and extensions.

Want to know more about Duette® blinds?  Arrange a no-obligation quote with an Apollo design consultant here, or find your nearest Apollo Blind here.

How to use your conservatory all year round

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The addition of blinds can transform a cold conservatory into a comfortable climate-controlled space that can be used all year round.

A conservatory is a multi-functional room that can be somewhere to eat, a place to lounge or an inspiring space to work from, but it’s often underused in UK homes.

Here, we show how Duette® blinds can significantly improve the ambience of your conservatory; and demonstrate how to apply the latest home interior design trends – from industrial chic to totally tropical – to this fantastic room.

A1

Duette® Shades are a practical and stylish window covering for the conservatory. Thanks to their innovative honeycomb construction, they retain heat during the cooler months and provide exceptional shade during the summer.

With between 20%-50% of domestic heat loss escaping through glass windows, fitting Duette® blinds can make a huge difference to this valuable extra space within a home. In fact the figures speak for themselves – research has shown that Duette® blinds can prevent 79% of solar heat entering the home and can also reduce heat loss by up to 46%. In the winter, this could reduce heating bills by up to 25%.

Made-to-measure Duette® and pleated blinds can be custom-made to any shape or size, and be fitted to windows, doors and roofs, so covering the triangular or irregular shaped windows often found in a conservatory is easy.

Another great tip is to motorise blinds, so that all blinds can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button.

Apollo Blinds is a specialist in Duette® blinds and pleated blinds, with hundreds of colours and patterns to choose from.   So why not find your nearest branch of Apollo Blinds now? {INSERT LINK TO STORE FINDER}

GET THE LOOK – Two conservatories, six fantastic interior designs

Head of design at Apollo Blinds, Mike Stephen took two types of conservatory to show how they can be styled in six very different ways, applying 2017/18’s hottest interior design trends.

Industrial Chic  

A2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The industrial trend is still a huge influence in interiors and perfect for conservatories featuring exposed brick walls, steel window frames and slate floors.  Continue the theme with reclaimed wooden tables and stools/chairs. Windows, doors and roof are dressed with made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Elephant Batiste.

Organic Dwelling

A3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This eclectic look celebrates earthen colours and textures found in natural materials like plaster, clay and putty, contrasting them against lux, comfortable fabrics.  Cosy furniture, chalky neutrals, and blush pink velvet accessories are juxtaposed against the rough, rendered plaster feature wall. Linen-look window blinds are perfect to accompany this look.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Linen White.

Vibrant Scandi

A4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Key ideas found in Scandi interior design are given a playful makeover when paired with vivid lime green window blinds and graphic wallpaper.  This look is a great way to brighten up homes in the spring.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Selina Fresh.

Luxe Deco

A5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Duette® blinds in stunning Brittany Blue provide a statement backdrop on which to build this glamourous scheme. Indulge in key pieces and soft furnishing fabrics that represent ‘classic glamour’ such as art-deco inspired prints and beautiful jewel-coloured velvets to add to the decadent feel.”  Blinds shown are made-to-measure Duette® blinds in Brittany Blue.

Totally Tropical

A6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What better place to incorporate the tropical/botanical trend than in the conservatory! Create a lush, indoor paradise with vibrant teal, turquoise and lime green colourways and spice things up with warm highlights of gold or turmeric. Indoor greenery, both real houseplants and printed on fabrics/wallpaper, are a must for this look, which also incorporates a contemporary take on traditional rattan ‘conservatory’ furniture.  Textured turquoise blinds are an invigorating finishing-touch to bring the scheme together.” Blinds shown are made-to-measure pleated blinds in Turquoise Crush.

Whiter Than White

A7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“White is still a classic colour scheme for the conservatory. Layer up tactile fabrics and chunky knits in dove grey and winter white colourways for a cosy, traditional and timeless look.” Blinds shown are Duette® blinds in Swan White.

There’s lots more information on conservatory trends over on our Conservatory Trends Pinterest board.

Feeling inspired?  Find your nearest Apollo Blinds to book a free measure and quote home visit consultation or call 01924 413 048.

Apollo Express-es itself

Friday, December 17th, 2010

This week Apollo’s blinds were featured in the Daily Express’s Hot Hints section.

In a typically festive feature the newspaper had a collection of ‘must have’ home interior items for this Christmas and our energy saving Duette blinds got a lovely plug (BTW for silly legal reasons we can’t show you the actual article).

In the feature it explained that:

“A fifth of all heat lost from homes escapes through window panes and frames. Apollo Blinds’ energy-efficient Duette Fixe blinds help cut heat loss during winter with their patented air pocket honeycomb texture. Or for even better insulation values, try the blackout range using a metallised film. Blinds can be fitted to any size of window or door and come in a choice of 14 colours. All are made to measure.”

As you can imagine everyone at Apollo HQ was delighted with the coverage and the fact the Express mentioned our website address as well so readers could go and get more information on energy saving blinds.

The only fly in the ointment was that they didn’t use the right picture but we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth as all publicity is good publicity. So here’s a picture anyway.

Duette dining

So the combination of millions of people seeing the Daily Express feature and plummeting temperatures this weekend will hopefully see our team of experts around the UK taking a flurry of enquiries for our blinds that keep the warmth in.