With all the issues the environment is facing, it only makes sense to take an action and decide to go for an eco-friendly lifestyle. This includes designing your home…
Creating an energy-efficient home is one of the best decisions a customer could ever make. It keeps your wallet full and guarantees an economically sustainable and environmentally friendly home. You’re not only getting that, but you’ll also notice how stylish and futuristic your home would look. It’s just perfect!
What is energy efficient interior design
In short, energy is basically the ability to produce work. It can be measured in Joules or kilowatts. In order to use energy in a specific time and place, we must convert energy from one form to another. For example, your bread toaster converts electrical energy to heat energy.
Because energy sources like oil, gas, and electricity are finite in supply and getting more and more expensive each day, engineers and designers have looked for alternative and more sufficient solutions to keep improving life like creating the concept of energy-efficient designing.
Energy-efficient (or sensitive) interior design is the kind of design that holds the intention of reducing energy consumption.
How to start? Energy efficient home design ideas
You need to know that energy-efficient interior design comes during the planning phase. This means the planning of the rooms and specification of materials. However, it’s never too late… If your home is already built and the idea of having an energy-efficient design popped up a little late, you still have a chance to transform it the way you want thanks to few tricks and techniques without sacrificing your style or taste.
If you’re on a low budget, don’t worry about it. Choices are plenty and always available… Yet, you should keep in mind that spending money now will save a fortune in the long term, so don’t hesitate to spend some dollars if the sufficiency of your choice is guaranteed.
Read on to find out some of the best tips and tricks to transform your home from inside out. But before we start, you need to know one more thing which is thermal mass.
Thermal mass is the dense material that’s able to absorb heat during daytime and stores until the room’s temperature decreases. The heat then gets naturally released from the material.
Parts of the house like walls and floors are considered thermal masses. The capability of absorption varies from one material to another; it depends on the matter of the mass, its color, texture, and finish.
Now, let’s begin…
1. Play with colors
The lightness and darkness of colors play a major fact in the absorption or reflection of heat and light. This means the color used in a room can be responsible for your feeling of warmth or cold.
Light value colors such as beige, pink and cream should be used to reflect heat from thermal masses like ceilings, and they’re usually balanced with dark value colors on the thermal mass.
On the other side, warm colors such as red and yellow should be used in room with cool temperature (rooms not exposed to direct sunlight), to make you feel warm –who needs a thermostat!
2. Be careful with the flooring
Stuff like carpets and rugs are a perfect heat trapper, that’s why they’re mostly used during the winter season. So don’t take it way too far, a simple nice rug could do the job when it comes to finding effective and inexpensive solutions for warming your house. Area rugs can be a good choice; they’re so comfortable and can soften the room.
3. Cover your windows well
When you cover your windows, eliminate the light covers like sheers and opt more for denser ones. Dense covers give the ability to keep the sunlight under control, let alone their sophisticated feature.
4. Pick the right furniture
Furniture with long skirts on the bottom and high backs are perfect for reducing draft on cold days, however, on warmer days, make sure your furniture isn’t blocking the air vent.
5. Install ceiling fans with built-in lighting
Fans are good in both winter and summer times. They can keep you cool and provide you with light at the same time. But be careful with their use; make sure your fans rotate in counterclockwise in summer time to create and downward draft and vice versa in the winter time to enable it to circulate the warm air from the ceiling throughout the space.
6. Go for insulation
Insulation is a good option for maintaining heat in your home. Make sure to pick the right type of insulation that will guarantee you a nice result. Some types of insulation are used for specific homes or areas, so make sure you get the help you need when you decide to go for it because it can be a little tricky.
7. Check the energy star rating of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures
Before you purchase any bathroom or kitchen fixtures, consider their energy star rating. Your amount of money saved will is quite proportional to the rating level.
8. Cool roofs
Cool roofs are basically designed to lower the temperature of your roof by reflecting the sunlight. They’re made of reflective materials like tiles, shingles or other substances like paint. This technique allows to quick the air conditioning costs out of your expenses and offers you a less expensive solution.
9. Optimum value engineering
Optimum value engineering or simply house framing is a modern technique considered at the early stages of building and designing homes. House framing is the technique wherein a house is constructed using few amounts of waste and lumber.
Construction consists in using less wood and more insulation. It doesn’t only lower material costs but lowers also labor costs and annual heating and cooling costs.
10. Switch to LED lighting
Switching from incandescent to LED light bulbs can decrease your energy consumption to 40%. LED bulbs are becoming cheaper nowadays and even more energy-efficient.
11. Chose non-toxic materials
Chemical-free products like organic paint and woods that haven’t been treated with pesticides are becoming more popular and available in local stores. So make sure you’re aware of the product you’re purchasing.
12. Create work areas for two
A home office for two people instead of one, allows you to free an extra room or place. Having two people in one room instead of each one in an independent room obviously, reduces the electricity consumption and saves money.
13. Keep your devices unplugged
Make sure to unplug devices like computer and microwave after you use them because they keep consuming energy even when they’re not being used.
14. Use the clothesline instead of dryer
You can still use your dryer when you’re in hurry or something, but try to use a clothesline instead of the dryer when you get the chance to.
15. Check your refrigerator seal
A leaky refrigerator seal makes the refrigerator lose cold and forces it to consume more energy in order to provide it.
16. Don’t ignore the outdoor
If you have a yard in your house, plant some deciduous trees in it. They allow your house to be shady in the summer days and receive more natural light during the winter.
I hope you liked these energy efficient interior design tips and ways, make sure you have a combination of energy saving architecture with amazing decor that you want. If you have personal experience and what to share your own energy saving tips, you can add them in the comment below.