When you think of going green and environmental friendliness, you undoubtedly think of things like double paned windows, CFL bulbs, insulation and home automation systems like programmable thermostats. Not a lot of people think about how the structure and decorations within their home contribute to the raising or lowering of their carbon footprint. The truth is, though, that how you structure and decorate your home plays a major role in your energy consumption and overall sustainability.
Shop Around for Best Rates
Take advantage of your ability to shop around if you can. In Texas, for example, the energy industry isn’t regulated so you can choose between traditional power companies as well as renewable energy sourced power companies, natural gas companies, etc. You can use TexasElectricityProviders.com and other websites like it to figure out which company has the best rates, the best ethical practices, etc.
Put your furniture close to windows and to sources of warmth. This way you can take advantage of natural light for as long as possible before having to turn on a lamp. And, because you’re closer to sources of heating and cooling, you won’t have to turn them up as high because the heat (or A/C) won’t have to travel as far. It’s also good to arrange your home for better air flow so that you can get maximum flow for easier heating and cooling purposes.
LED Lights Instead of CFLs
LED lights offer better and steadier light (you don’t have to wait for them to “warm up” the way you do with CFLs) and use a fraction of the power that incandescent and even CFL bulbs use. They’re more expensive at the get go (LED bulbs are around $20) but they last so long the investment is a worthy one. From a decorating standpoint, LED lights blend in better than CFLs because they utilize a traditional bulb shape rather than that swirliness CFLs use. Both beat out incandescent bulbs, which are quickly being phased out in may jurisdictions.
Put fresh plants throughout your home. Plants take in carbon dioxide and dispel oxygen. They’re living air purifiers. They are actually superior air purifiers in that they get the job done, they get the job done well and they require exactly zero electricity to clean your air. They also have the added benefit of helping moisturize and humidify the air in your home. Texas is, for the most part, an arid climate and getting enough moisture can often be a problem. Plus, they are really pretty and, for the most part, require very little care or maintenance. Just water them every once in a while!
Decorating your walls with paintings and other art can help reduce the amount of air that would normally leech through those walls. This is particularly important on exterior walls. Did you ever notice how a room with nothing on the walls tends to echo and things are louder? Just like the way decorations muffle sound; they also help regulate air flow and temperature.
These are just some of the ways that decorating and arranging your house can help you reduce your carbon footprint. These hints aren’t just helpful in Texas, by the way; they can help you no matter what part of the country in which you choose to stake your claim.