Making changes in your home so that it becomes more energy efficient is no longer an after-thought; for many homeowners, it’s an absolute priority. Improving energy efficiency at home is of course better for the environment; however, these days, with the cost of living increasing and wages not keeping up, the energy savings you’ll accumulate make it well worth the effort.
To maximise the energy efficiency of your home, there are a number of adjustments you’ll be making, and the idea of this can leave some homeowners wondering if it will affect the design and aesthetics of their home. The good news is that you can make all kinds of changes, both big and small, to save energy, yet keep the same feel and flow in your home. Let’s take a look at how it can be done.
Update your thermostat
Here’s a really simple tip that can end up saving you a significant amount of energy. Did you know that by taking out your old thermostat and replacing it with the new programmable models, you’ll have much better control over the amount of energy your furnace or boiler, and air conditioning unit use? With these new digital models, you can set a temperature schedule, so the furnace or a/c will be kept at different temperatures during the day while you are at work, in the evening when you are home, and at the weekends. As well, many of them now have companion apps so you can even control them from your smart device. As far as installing a new thermostat, be sure to check out AllThingshvac.com for detailed instructions. As far as the design of the room, a new thermostat won’t make the room feel different, but it will modernize the space a bit.
Use window coverings to your advantage
Window coverings can help to finish the look of a room, create drama or elegance, add a pop of color, and provide privacy when needed. At the same time, window coverings can also help where energy efficiency is concerned. Insulated curtains are a wonderful way to help keep the cold air in during the hot summer months, and the cold air out during the winter. This type of curtain can help you to reduce hot or cool air loss by up to 25%.
Change your lightbulbs
Here's another tip that will have very little, if any, impact on the design of the room, but can help you to save on energy. It is recommended that you replace all your incandescent bulbs with LED ones. Not only do they last far longer, they are much more energy-efficient, making the switch a no-brainer.
Small changes that offer big savings
While each of these changes may seem relatively small, the fact of the matter is that when you add up all the savings, it becomes pretty significant. At the same time, none of these measures will impact the way your house looks from a design standpoint.