The year 2017, according to the Chinese zodiac, is the year of the Fire Rooster. The Pantone color of the year is green. Even though green is the color of the year, do you know that there are other ways to slow down your house to the idea of becoming green? One method is to make your home more energy efficient. The rest of the article gives you some tips on how to align your home design towards energy efficiency.
- Be wise in your choice: fans over lights!
Making your house cooler is a much more energy efficient way than making it appear brighter. Accomplish this by installing fans in each room instead of putting lights. During the summer, you will see the great benefits.
- A higher sticker price is not always quality.
There are many accessories that you may want for your home. Browsing through the internet and looking at glossy home magazines will open your eyes to a plethora of classy and expensive home accessories. But do you know that quality does not mean expensive?
There are quality options that won’t spend much of your hard-earned money. For example, cheaper bathroom and kitchen fixtures may have the same energy efficiency capabilities as more expensive ones. The same principle applies to other household appliances.
- Window coverings over more windows
Windows should be strategically placed in areas where the right amount of natural sunlight can enter. With this, you are actually saving a lot of energy. You won’t need to turn off your fluorescents and lamps first.
During the day when you just want to have a darker environment, you just need the right curtains, drapes or blinds to cover the window. This will also come in handy during the winter months.
- Install rugs and carpets.
The winter months can really give your skin a chilling effect. For these months, you will be wearing your thickest garments. It is also burning more wood in its fireplaces. But did you know that you can have a more efficient way to get more heat inside your house? The secret is in the proper choice of rugs and carpets in specific parts of the house. In addition to decorating the house, this home decoration helps trap hot air to give you a warmer feeling.
- Rethink your ceiling: do you want it lower or higher?
The higher ceiling creates a more spacious appearance. The lower ceiling gives you an easier way to heat or cool the house and lower your energy costs.
Looking for an existing home that is energy efficient? Don’t be afraid to contact your local real estate broker. Your choice could be in your listings.