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The California Drought: 5 Things You Should Know

The California Drought: 5 Things You Should Know

Drought in Orange County and Los Angeles

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Living in Orange County, we’ve seen firsthand the effects that the drought has had on our communities. Beautiful Laguna Hills houses are sacrificing their lush, green lawns for the sake of the cause. We’re cutting our shower times in half, hoping to make even the slightest difference. Although most of us are aware of the drought, many Southern Californians are oblivious to the details of this disaster. At Golden West Shutters, we understand that knowledge is power so we’ve come up with 5 things you should know about the drought in California.

1. The past three years in California have been the driest on record.
According to the LA Times, 40% of the state is facing an “exceptional drought” and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better. Last year was the hottest year to date with the country’s average temperature reaching 5 degrees higher than the 1934 Dust Bowl Summer.

2. 25% of America’s food comes from California.
California grows the majority of the United States’ food including thirsty crops such as alfalfa, almonds, pistachios, and rice. Last year, the state lost 6 million acres of farm land to the drought which resulted in a reduction in revenues by $2.2 billion and a loss of 17,100 jobs.

3. Desalinization is not the answer.
Although we have plenty of ocean water to go around, separating the salt from this water in order to use for recreational purposes is not exactly practical. For example, a desalinization plant is being built in Carlsbad, California but in order for 50 million gallons of drinking water to be produced, tax payers will have to fork over a whopping $1 billion.

4. Farmers are becoming dependent on groundwater
Even though we have used groundwater for agriculture before, it has always been replenished by the rain. Now that there is no rain to replace the water we take, reservoirs are being exhausted and if we continue this, there will be dire consequences in the long-run.

5. There are ways you can help.
We understand that you want to keep your lawn in Newport Beach nice and green. By replacing your landscape with grass and shrubs that use significantly less water, you can make a difference. You can help the cause in other ways such as taking showers instead of baths, checking your pool for leaks, and refrain from buying bottled water.

If you want to keep cool without jumping in and out of a cold shower, you may want to consider installing shutters into your Orange County home. If you’re blessed with heating and cooling, shutters will prevent the A/C from escaping your house. If you’re like the rest of us and do not have such a luxury, our wood or plantation shutters will prevent sunlight from coming in and allow a cool breeze to blow through your windows. Call Golden West Shutters today at 1-888-804-6857 and we’ll find the best shutters for your Los Angeles or Orange County home!

Choose the Perfect Stain or Color for your Interior Shutters

How to Choose the Perfect Stain or Color for your Interior Shutters

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Choosing the right stain or color for your custom built plantation shutters is important. But, with so many options, pinpointing the perfect shade for your living space can be difficult. The color or stain of your shutters should be based on three things – room size, wall color, and your personality.

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How to Properly Clean Your Plantation Shutters

How to Properly Clean Your Plantation Shutters

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Like any other part of your home, your plantation shutters need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order for it to look its best. When was the last time you cleaned your shutters? If the answer is never, or it’s been a while since the last time they’ve been cleaned, at Golden West Shutters, we highly recommend giving your shutters a good cleaning. You spend time vacuuming your carpet and mopping the tile to remove dust and dirt buildup, and you should do the same for your shutters. Keeping your shutters clean has many benefits, including increasing the value of your home and making your home more aesthetically pleasing. Clean shutters also ensure that they function properly and help prevent damage or warping of the louvers. Read more

Cut Your Energy Bill in Half with Golden West Shutters

Cut Your Energy Bill in Half with Golden West Shutters

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Summer in Orange County, California is finally here, which means more fun in the sun, more beach trips, and more family outings. Unfortunately, the summer months are also when your energy bill is most likely going to increase dramatically. With temperatures rising, you’ll find yourself using the air conditioning more frequently, and so will most of us Southern Californians. With everyone using electricity to power their air conditioning systems at the same time, energy bills increase, and so do the number of more blackouts. The good news, however, is that there are a few things you can do to cut down on your energy consumption. Conserve energy, and save money at the same time. Be a part of the change, and reduce your energy use and electricity bill with these quick tips. Read more

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10 Ideas for Your Old Shutters

10 Ideas for Your Old Shutters

Old Plantation Shutters

Old Plantation Shutters. Image from Joey Klein under CC BY 2.0. 

High quality plantation shutters, usually made out of premium basswood, are made to last you 10 to 25 years. They’re built to be durable and add a refined, welcoming look to your home. But what do you do when you have old, rusted shutters? You could throw them out, or you can use them to make some interesting furniture. There are actually a lot of things into which you can transform your old shutters. Here are some ideas for re-purposing your shutters: Read more

6 Benefits of Plantation Shutters

6 Benefits of Plantation Shutters

Deciding what kind of window coverings to purchase for your home is an important task. You want to find shutters that match the style of your home while providing as many benefits as possible. Golden West Shutters has compiled a list of 6 benefits you probably didn’t know could come from custom plantation shutters.

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1. Increase the value of your home
Custom Plantation Shutters are one of the few window covering options that actually add value to your home and can increase the resale value when you decide it’s time to move out. Buying custom shutters now not only improves the appearance of your home, but they make a great investment! Read more

How to Choose the Perfect Shutters for Your Home

How to Choose the Perfect Shutters for Your Home

Choosing shutters for your home can be a tedious, time consuming, and stressful task. Especially when you have no idea where to begin. It’s not every day you have to choose new or replacement shutters. However, there are a few things you can consider when searching for those perfect, new shutters. Keeping these points in mind will guide you in your search and help decide which shutters elevate the look of your home, while saving you the trouble spending a small fortune on shutters that are completely mismatched with your home.

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Custom Window Shutters

Custom Window Shutters – The Designer Series

Enjoy everything Golden West stands for in shutters- the warmth of premium basswood, durable spiral dowel construction, beautiful finishes and distinct designs-all can be found in our luxurious seamless Designer Series Collection. Defined by their classic elegance and timeless appeal, the Designer series shutter will complement any home and décor. Read more