Decreasing energy consumption in your home is a great way to do your part to help save the environment, and it also helps save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
We all know the basic ways to minimize energy use, such as turning off lights when you exit a room, using programmable thermostats, upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances, etc. But did you know that there are a lot of ways to cut your energy costs with your home decor? You can make your home beautiful and make environmentally sound choices at the same time. It's a win win!
Here are a few of our favorite ways to cut your energy consumption with home decor:
1. Blackout curtains help regulate the temperature of your home. They reduce the draft in the winter to reduce heating costs and block hot sunlight in the summer to reduce air conditioning use.
2. Throw blankets help keep you warm and cozy, and they offer simple portability so you can maintain your warmth in any part of your home. This can help cut your heating costs.
3. Use seasonal bedding. Using a heavier comforter throughout the winter can help drastically reduce your heating costs overnight when it's coldest outside. In the spring and summer, switch to a lighter weight bedspread or quilt instead to keep you cooler without having to run the air conditioner as much.
4. Sheer curtains allow natural light to flood your room during the day, so you can keep the lights turned off.
Interior Designer Remya Warrior is a business owner and space planning expert who has specialized in kitchen design for over a decade. She spoke with us about her work, what inspires her, and some tips for homeowners who may be taking on a design project.
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