Interior design may be the last thing you think about when it comes to energy savings, but in reality, how you arrange your furniture can either help or hinder energy use. Especially in chilly winter.
Try these quick tips to save energy and money:
- Don’t place beds next to windows – it can be drafty.
- Do drape cozy blankets across couches and chairs to encourage their use vs. the use of an energy draining heater.
- Don’t arrange your furniture around the television, because most likely, it’ll just encourage folks to turn it on.
- Do arrange your furniture in such a way that motivates family gathering and conversation. Such as, place couches and chairs around a nice table, with space for board games underneath. If you don’t have room under the table, place a nice little shelf in the living space with games and books on it. You may also consider keeping your TV enclosed in a shelving unit with doors.
- Don’t keep kids in the dark. Kids need light to play, so design a nice play space or art station for your kids in the brightest room of the house. Use smaller light sources near kids beds for reading.
- Do have one nice light source in your main living space instead of many lamps. Arranging reading spaces around one light source can save energy.
- Don’t face couches and chairs towards an outside entry way. If you fail to block air drafts that come under doors, this can make for more chilly seating.
- Do place eco-friendly soy candles or LED candles out and about, especially in the dining room. Eating by candlelight is fun.
- Don’t forget windows. Cover those suckers up with nice drapes.