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Monthly Archive: March 2016

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.