5 décor tips – Saving energy is always in style

    Why do people fall in love with homes? Décor is a big reason. Homes today reflect a myriad of tastes and preferences, from mid-modern to early American.

    Saving money while beautifying your home, however, is always in style. These décor tips from Decoist, a design and architecture blog, will turn your abode into a showstopper while helping lower your energy use.

    It’s expert advice considering the popularity of open floor plans and vaulted ceilings. Of course, gorgeous homes that are move-in ready are hot in today’s market. One that’s energy efficient only accents the mood.

    Window treatments
    Old windows are among the worst offenders for energy leaks. But if you’re not ready for window replacements, use shades and light-blocking curtains to help reduce heat transfer from sunlight. Thick draperies can retain the heat in the winter.

    Wall tapestries
    Walls facing the outside of our home can be problems too, especially if they’re not insulated. Your HVAC system will have to work twice as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. Elegant wall tapestries can help prevent energy loss while adding a decorative touch.

    Carpeting
    Walk barefoot on a wooden floor in winter and you realize how cold the floors can be. If wall-to-wall carpet doesn’t suit your tastes or budget, considering using thick area rugs instead. Area rugs will limit heat transfer and work as insulators. Your feet will be cozy in the winter and your home will have greater cooling power in the summer.

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