Last updated on October 18th, 2023 at 01:43 pm
Did you know that the way you decorate your home can lead to higher (or lower) utility bills?
While it’s not something many of us think about, there’s a solid relationship between our home’s décor and how much we pay for our heating costs.
That’s why we’re sharing three simple décor changes that will save you money on energy bills.
Save Money on Energy Bills With These Décor Updates
Upgrade Lighting To Energy Efficient Options
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If you’re still using old-style lightbulbs to light your home, not only are you costing yourself extra money on your home’s electricity bills, you’re also missing out on the style benefits that modern LED lights have to offer.
LED lightbulbs use much less energy than any other type of lightbulbs, which means lower energy bills from month to month. And, LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan than older bulbs, meaning you’ll save even more money over time, since they need to be replaced less frequently.
And, when it comes to style, the sky’s the limit! From retro to modern, you’ll find a style that fits your home.
And, let’s not forget smart bulbs. LED bulbs like Phillips smart bulbs can light up in a wide range of colors, which gives you added flexibility with your home’s style, as you can pick a lighting color to fit the mood at the touch of a button.
You can also use your smart home devices and apps to create schedules and timers to save you even more money.
Swap Out Old Curtains For Insulating Thermal Curtains or Blinds
If you haven’t changed out the window shades in your home for a while, it may be running up the cost of your heating bill, especially if you have older, drafty windows.
Heat loss frequently occurs around windows as cold air leaks into your home and warm air leaks out. This is only exacerbated when your windows aren’t insulated correctly.
One solution is to swap out your old curtains or blinds for newer more thermally efficient ‘thermal insulating blinds’ or curtains which will create a layer of insulation over your window. This helps to keep the heat inside, the cold outside, and can overall improve the thermal efficiency of your home.
By simply installing a new set of thermal blinds, you can reduce your heating bills and reduce heat loss around your windows.
Paint Your Radiators To Improve Their Heat Retention
If you’ve lived in a home with radiators, you know that most of them are painted white. Most people don’t think too much about the color of their radiators, but white is the worst possible choice when it comes to heat retention since white is a reflecting color.
This means that your radiators aren’t retaining heat as well as they could be if they were painted another, darker, color. You may actually need to have your heating turned on longer to keep your home warm.
Luckily, this can be easily fixed by simply giving your home’s radiators a paint job! The best colors for heat retention are dark colors like black or navy blue, as they will absorb and retain heat rather than reflect it away.
With just a coat or two of metal paint, you can boost the thermal efficiency of your home’s radiators and, at the same time, create a fun new look for your space.
There you have it, three easy home décor changes that will cut your energy bills and save you money! Do you have any other tips when it comes to decorating and energy savings? Leave us a comment.
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