The Connection between Home Decor and Saving Energy
Most of us now see the benefit of saving energy in our homes. We know that taking steps to do so is good for the environment, keeps our bills down and provides us with a more comfortable home.
Yet, despite this, few of us think about energy saving when it is time to redecorate. As a result, without realising it, we sometimes end up undoing some of the good work that we have already done or miss an opportunity to make our homes, even more, energy efficient.
Fortunately, as you will see below, thinking about energy efficiency when you redecorate is not difficult. Most of the steps you will need to take are just common sense. All you need to do is to take a few minutes to read on to see what I mean.
Stopping draughts and leakage
One of the biggest causes of high-energy bills is leakage. This is when the air from one room, or part of the house, leaks out into other areas, or worse, leaves your home.
Whether you are trying to keep a room cool in the summer or warm in the winter leakage is your enemy. If you are not careful most of the cooled or warmed air you have created can leave the room. The result of letting this continue is always higher energy bills.
Energy efficient doors
A surprising amount of air leaks out from your door surround. Therefore, investing in a good quality door that fits snugly is always important.
However, even when you do this heat can still leave the room through the door. If it is thin and flimsy, it will not act as an effective insulating barrier. It really is worth spending a little extra and buying properly insulated interior door. In the long term, you will save a lot of money.
You can easily buy this type of door from doorstore. They stock literally hundreds of different models, so it really does not matter what style of door you are looking for they will have it.
Energy efficient windows
You can also lose a lot of heat through the windows. No doubt, if you are energy conscious, you will have already fitted double-glazing. This is an important step to take, however, there is more that you can do to keep the heat in during the winter, and the sun out during the summer.
Choosing the right type of window coverings has a big impact on how easy it is to keep a room at the right temperature. It is always wise to choose heavy, high-quality curtains or blinds than it is to use flimsy ones. When drawn these act as an effective barrier, keeping air in the room, and preventing draughts.
You can learn more about how to stop heat leaving your home, by reading this article.
When designing the layout of your room it is also worth bearing energy efficiency in mind. Little touches like arranging the main seating area around you heating or cooling source really will make a big difference.
So, next time you are ready to redecorate your home, why not add energy efficiency to your list of considerations. In the end, you will save money as well as provide your family with a more comfortable home.