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From heating systems through the cold winter months to cooling appliances during a heat wave, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. With the help of automated shading solutions, building owners and homeowners can reduce their energy costs significantly. Electric lighting uses more than 15% of all energy in the country, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Agency. 

By using an automated shading system, you can ensure more energy savings over time. Automated shades can be programmed with timers or sensors to automatically provide the right amount of sunlight exposure 24 hours a day. Motorized shading systems can also integrate with HVAC systems, using sensors to take advantage of opportunities to save energy. When the heat from the sunlight reaches a certain threshold, shades lower and reflect the sun’s heat away from the window, causing a cooling effect. An automated window treatment system will keep your building or home at the most comfortable temperature without increasing energy costs, and could potentially save you 10-15% on monthly electric bills. 

Electricity production is one of the largest contributors to pollution in the United States. Its production affects environmental issues such as water quality, waste management, and industrial air pollution. Natural lighting is an important tool that can help homeowners and business owners decrease their carbon footprint and reduce fluorocarbon’s devastating effect on the environment. Automated shades, in tandem with smart lighting and building control systems, help to effectively manage natural daylight, which is a vital step towards sustainability. By partnering with Contexture to provide the latest in automated window treatment solutions, business owners and homeowners will be able to find the perfect solution to making their residential and commercial buildings even more sustainable.