Choosing the interior design in your home can have a positive impact on its value, but it also has many benefits that will pay off in the long run. By improving energy efficiency in your home, you can save money but also reduce gas emissions. Steps to a more energy-efficient home can sometimes require a greater investment, such as installing insulation or upgrading a heating system, but on the other hand, smartly choosing furniture positioning or simply replacing ordinary light bulbs with LED lighting can also save significantly. We bring you five tips/ideas to avoid costly mistakes and even save money every month.
Think of natural light
By maximizing natural light in your home, you will create a much more comfortable feeling while reducing energy consumption. An easy way to increase the amount of natural light in your living space is to smartly position the mirrors, ideally placing them opposite the windows to amplify the natural light. The color of your curtains also significantly affects the amount of sunlight in the rooms you stay in, so choose lighter curtains during the summer to prevent direct heat from the sun and replace them with darker ones during the winter to retain as much heat as possible. Hang the curtains as close to the windows as possible to increase their effectiveness.
Don’t forget about air circulation
If your furniture blocks the ventilation openings, move it to another location. Ventilation openings must be exposed to adequate air circulation throughout the home. Dense furniture, such as bookshelves or high-back sofas, is a significant thermal barrier when placed next to exterior walls or heating systems. It may seem obvious, but putting furniture in front of the radiator will prevent the heat from spreading around the room. This causes the radiator to run more or use more energy to heat the room and thus increase the electricity bills.
Benefits of “green” decorations
In addition to making your home warmer and more aesthetically pleasing, decorating with plants brings endless benefits, from improving air quality to improving your mood. There are many types of houseplants that contribute to this, such as bamboo palm, which is a natural humidifier; English ivy, which relieves asthma and allergy symptoms; and Boston fern, which is considered one of the best air purifiers.
Change the lighting in the house
In addition to the thermal energy coming from the sun or energy for heating, we mainly use electricity in the house, which we tend to waste most of the time. To save on the lighting you use, we advise you to replace all light bulbs with those energy-saving or LED bulbs. Although they cost more, the long-term result is greater money savings and a longer lifespan because these types of light bulbs last 8 to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs. Almost all of the energy consumed by energy-saving and LED bulbs is directed towards giving light, as opposed to regular incandescent bulbs, which convert a large part of the energy into heat.
Energy-efficient home appliances
Home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and washing machines or dishwashers, which are often used, are also the biggest consumers of electricity. The right choice of large and small home appliances can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of a home. Compared to standard appliances, high-energy home appliances (labeled A, A +, A ++ and A +++) use 10 to 50% less energy. In addition, they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you have some old devices that you have been using for many years, this is an ideal opportunity to replace them with new, more energy-efficient ones, which will be your initial cost, but a long-term investment and savings.
With these practical tips and smaller or larger investments, you can save money in the long run and do a lot at the same time, not only for your home budget but also for environmental protection. In addition to a smaller electricity and water bill, your home will be more comfortable to stay in, but you will also contribute to the conservation of energy resources and cleaner air. By improving energy efficiency, we improve the comfort of our home, but also the quality of life.