Saving energy is something that we should all be concentrating on. Not only does it put more money in our pockets, but it reduces the footprints that we leave on the environment. The Climate Council, and activists all over the world, are pushing governments to make stricter laws governing power use and efficiency. There are devices that you can use to keep track of your consumption, and how much carbon your house puts off for the year.
Interior design may seem like a strange way to approach saving energy, but there are some simple things that you can do, without much cost. Simple things that any of us can accomplish in a few minutes, to a few hours. Let us take a quick look at some of them.
- Lights-This has been thrown around for years. Change your bulbs out for LEDs. They use 80% less power than standard bulbs, and they last ten times longer. If you prefer to be high tech and up to the times replace your bulbs, and light switches, with smart versions. The bulbs can be controlled from your phone, and the switches can turn the lights on and off as people enter and leave the room. It is a simple switch that anyone can do in an afternoon.
- Fans-If you do not have fans in your home, it is time to invest in some. They are easy to put in, and they take only a small amount of knowledge to do. It may seem silly to install something that will be running most of the time, but it is not. Yes, fans will draw some power, but they will help regulate the temperature in your house, which saves you more than what the fans will cost to buy and run.
This article needs to be interrupted for a second to give you a head scratcher. Have you ever checked around to see if you can get a better price on your electricity? Not all carriers charge the same amounts, and not all of them charge extra fess during peak hours. Go check out some of the providers in your area and compare electricity plans by using on online platform that does the leg work for you.
- Windows-We have all coordinated the color of our blinds and curtains to the room and the surrounding furnishings. This is fine and dandy but when buying a new curtain you should consider getting thicker ones that are sun blocking. With these curtains you can leave them closed when you want the temperature in the room to stay constant. If the sun is out and you want some rays in, open them up and let the sun help heat the house up. Blinds can work in the same way, as long as they are able to cover the entire window.
- Flooring-You may not think that your floors have anything to do worth energy consumption, but that could not be farther from the truth. If you doubt this statement, think back to a time when you stepped out of the shower onto the cold tile floors. Now think back to another time when you stepped out onto a nice warm and soft rug. This is the basics of what flooring can do for you. Rugs will help keep the heat in the room, while tile and wood will allow cool drafts in. Depending on where you live, you can have a cool floor in the summer and then place throw rugs around the house to keep the heat in during the winter.
Simple little things can make some big differences when it comes to energy, and how much your home consumes. Saving some money on your bill will also help the environment. It is about time that we all step up and take part in the movement across the globe to reduce our footprints upon the environment. In turn, we can save money on our electricity bills because they go hand-in-hand.