Willetton business woman making environmentally friendly furnishings


Karen Thomas believes clever furnishings can make homes more environmentally friendly.
Karen Thomas believes clever furnishings can make homes more environmentally friendly.

A WILLETTON business woman is spreading the word about how clever furnishings can make homes more environmentally friendly.

Karen Thomas, who runs a local decorating business, said the material chosen for curtains could help reduce household power bills.

She said soft furnishings could help improve acoustic qualities in homes, especially if rooms had wooden flooring.

Ms Thomas participated in TV personality Josh Byrne’s project to build an environmentally friendly home in Hilton, supplying and |installing window furnishings.

She said uncovered windows were responsible for up to 40 per cent of heat loss from a home in winter and up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer.

“With power bills on the rise, furnishings can assist in keeping these costs down,” Ms Thomas said.

This week Ms Thomas is running a series of workshops on home decorating, including lessons on the benefits and types of window coverings. For every person who enrols she will donate $5 to CanTeen – a charity set up to support young people with cancer.

Workshop costs range from $15 to $35 and are held at Innovations at 14 Kembla Way, Willetton. For more information, call Ms Thomas on 9457 5522.

MORE: Arson squad to investigate White Gum Valley house fire

MORE: Dockers history up for grabs in online auction

MORE: Han’s Cafe operator fined nearly $40,000 for underpaying workers