Your home decor can do much more than make your space look beautiful. It can also help conserve energy. Here are some energy saving home decor ideas to consider if you live in Massachusetts. With frigid temperatures this winter, it’s never too late to reconsider your home decor choices, with energy savings in mind.
Energy Saving Window Treatments
Windows and doors are the primary sources of heat loss in any home. So, naturally, we’re going to start with window treatments as an energy saving home decor element. There are 2 things to consider when it comes to window treatments: blinds/shades and curtains. You can opt for energy saving features in either, or both.
For window treatments, consider Hunter Douglas honeycomb designs. They’re made with air pockets that create a barrier between the warm air in your home and the cold air from your windows. Learn more about the energy saving features of window treatments by reading our past blog post on this very topic. Curtains can be helpful as well. Some thicker curtains can provide insulation for your windows, again blocking cold air from entering your home.
Your floors are another source of heat loss. On the first floor of your home, the cold air from the basement can make its way up through the floorboards. Some surfaces, such as tile, don’t retain heat well and can therefore be cold to the touch. Adding some area rugs to your home can therefore help retain heat and reduce heating expenses. It’s a helpful energy saving home decor idea. Selecting the right shape, size, and colors/patterns can alter how big or small your room looks and feels, so be sure to choose carefully!
Imagine a cold winter day. As you go to sit on your couch, a fabric surface will feel much warmer than a leather one. Thus, in Massachusetts, it’s important to think about the materials in your seating selections. Sitting on cold leather couches will likely lead you to turn your thermostat up just a little bit more.
Energy Saving Home Decor Ideas that Work
Implementing the energy saving home decor ideas above requires a little bit of forethought and planning. How will your shades and curtains tie in together? What upholstery best compliments those colors and styles? And what carpeting best suits the space and other elements of the room. Everything should tie in together to create your desired look. So, where do you start? Stop by our showroom and speak to our Burlington MA home design specialists for some advice and guidance. We can help make your vision come to life while conserving your home’s energy and reducing your heating bill.