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How to Put Together an Energy Efficient Interior Décor

Having a great interior is everyone’s dream. The home they had always dreamt of finally comes to life. However, it so happens that adopting some of the latest interior design trends could also see you land yourself into a hot mess with the crippling power bills. They have a way shooting up and staying there and unfortunately, not being well advised on your interior décor could also see your bill inflate. This is not to mean that we are dampening your dreams of having the perfect home as you had imagined it. Instead, by making a couple of changes, you can be able to still get that home and lower your power bills. Here are some great tips that would definitely help you with that.

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Lighting is one of pillars of a great interior design and décor. In fact, a great deal of home owners and interior décor designers spend a significant amount of time looking for the perfect lighting pieces which goes to show how essential they are. Lighting is also among the areas that you can save on most. By moving from the conventional incandescent bulbs to LED options, you could be able to save up to 40% on your electricity bill on both lighting and the AC system. That is definitely money that you could save up for retirement and puts a lesser load on your shoulders.

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Painting

Whether you believe it or not, the kind and color of paint you choose to go with your décor has a lot of impact on the amount of energy that your home uses. There’re paints that absorb heat and those that reflect light each of them will impact consumption in a different way. The lighter colors like white and beige are good at reflecting heat from furniture pieces and even walls that tend to retain heat. On the other hand, the darker colors like red will absorb the heat and keep your house warmer. Therefore, if you are living in the cold region, then the dark colors could help you save a lot. If the opposite is true in your case, you can save yourself some bills in cooling by opting for the lighter colors.

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Furniture

It happens to be a main part of your interior décor but can also present an enormous impact on the energy consumption of the house. Ideally furniture that has high backs and skirts will come in handy on chilly days since they reduce draft. You can also rearrange them during the warmer days to make sure they are not blocking any windows or air vents. You should also be wary of furniture that take up too much space. It was Eero Saarinen, the legendary designer of such classics such as the Tulip dining table and Tulip dining chair who once said, “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs…I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.” A piece of furniture doesn’t necessarily need so many components to serve its purpose. Think outside of the box and re-imagine your space for efficiency.

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Floors

Typically any one that has stepped on a hardwood floor barefoot will tell you that they feel cold. They are great at regulating temperature during the hot seasons. Throwing a carpet over it during the colder month will allow you to retain more heat in the house and delay cranking up the thermostat longer.

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Air conditioning, heating and lighting are the ones that take up the largest part of the power bill. Being able to consider these during your interior design can help you cut back on your bills and have a great and even more important, energy efficient and low energy consumption home.

Energy Star Features

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Save as much as 30% or more on home heating, cooling, lighting, and appliance costs with an ENERGY STAR home!
A high quality ENERGY STAR home combines the best of traditional craftsmanship with the latest advancements in building science and technology for a home that’s more durable, efficient and economical to maintain. ENERGY STAR homes help eliminate builder callbacks for problems which are common in code-built homes, such as interior moisture damage and roof ice dams.

Many builders will tell you that they build energy-efficient homes. However, most homes built today lack certain basic energy performance features — features that can save the homeowner thousands of dollars in energy costs. When properly incorporated into design and construction, energy efficient detailing can significantly increase the comfort and quality of a home.

Some of the performance features that distinguish an ENERGY STAR home from an average quality home are:

Enhanced Insulation
Insulation is measured in R-Value: the higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating effect. Higher insulation levels in walls, floors, and attics result in better energy performance and improved homeowner comfort. The insulation value of windows and doors is also an important determinant of comfort.

Air Sealing
Simply caulking, foaming, and gasketing the holes and gaps in the heated building envelope can reduce annual heat loss and utility bills by up to 30%.

Ventilation
All ENERGY STAR homes come equipped with mechanical ventilation, which ensures a continuous supply of fresh air to the home.

High-Efficiency Appliances
ENERGY STAR homes typically have high-efficiency household appliances, lighting, and heating and cooling systems, which use less energy to perform the same job.

Eco Friendly Furniture
Look for companies that either manufacture or source eco friendly materials such as this retailer or this one.

Download a pdf for more information on the features outlined above:

  • air sealing
  • ventilation
  • high-efficiency heating & cooling systems
  • high-efficiency appliances and lighting
  • windows and doors
  • Eco Friendly Furniture

With an ENERGY STAR qualified home, you get more home for less money. That’s because ENERGY STAR homes use proven technologies and advanced building practices to make sure your new home performs as well as possible. Each ENERGY STAR qualified home is inspected and “performance tested” to help ensure better energy performance, greater comfort, and a healthier living environment.

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Building or buying a home in New England? Click on the state name in which you are building to learn more about ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes and how to participate in your region’s program.ENERGY STAR is a national, voluntary program sponsored and developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that promotes energy-efficient products, including homes. Homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR meet the EPA’s performance guidelines for energy efficiency and receive third party verification from an accredited organization. This page provides links to these organizations that have partnered with the EPA to implement the ENERGY STAR Homes program in New England. If you are building a home outside the New England region, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency‘s website for more information on ENERGY STAR Labeled homes.

How To Save Energy At Home

Energy conservation has become a priority in many homes around the world. Energy sources are reducing and the environment is rapidly being effected by this. Not only will you be helping the environment by conserving energy at home, but you will also save a ton of money on electric bills. There is no better time then now to make your home more green.
Somethings to conserve energy at home will cost you a little, though save you money in the long run. There are many things you can do have home to conserve energy that are completely free. These include switching to fluorescent light bulbs, clean all air filters, adjust thermostat temperature, cover your pots while cooking, use a clothes line and set your washing machine on cold or warm. You should also reuse items and recycle as much as possible. Don’t forget to buy green too. Buy recycled or even used items. If you’re in the market for furniture, you can help by purchasing your favorite chair from companies who use sustainable materials in their products, rather than buying from companies who pay no regard to the environment.

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Switch to fluorescent light bulbs – You are gong to have to buy light bulbs regardless. So, go ahead and spend a couple extra dollars on fluorescent light bulbs. These light bulbs last up to ten times as long as normal light bulbs. Most importantly, fluorescent bulbs only use one fourth as much energy as your normal bulbs. This cause savings of energy and money.
Clean all air filters – When furnace and air conditioning filters are dirty and clogged up, i cause the appliance to strain and have to use more energy. Routinely cleaning these is a great way to save.
Adjust thermostat temperature – Set your thermometers two degrees lower in the winter and two degrees higher in warmer months. This saves six percent of heating-related CO2 emissions per year.
Cover your pots while cooking – This saves lots of energy while preparing that delectable dish. Pressure cookers and steamers are even better at saving.
Use a clothes line – Using a clothes line instead of an electric dryer can save fourteen-hundred pounds of carbon dioxide a year. That is amazing!

Set washing machine on cold or warm – Washing your clothes in cold water will not only preserve their color, it also saves five hundred pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Reuse – Reuse everything you can. Plastic grocery sacks can be used in bathroom trash cans and for many other purposes. Also, reuse old milk jugs to put tea or freshly made juice in. This conserves energy and saves you money as well.
Recycle – Keep a separate waste can for aluminum cans. Recycling is a great way to earn a little extra cash. You’ll be giving back to our earth while your doing it. You can’t beat that.

 

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