The topic of energy saving often results in a long list of tips and tricks to preserve your wallet.
Unfortunately, many of these don’t make a blind bit of difference to the way your home looks.
This is what today’s article is going to cover. Sure, it might not look at some of the high-impact energy-saving changes (that’s reserved for tips such as finding boilers on finance, to really supercharge your energy efficiency).
Instead, it’s all about combining energy efficiency with aesthetics – in a topic that is barely spoken about.
Start with the curtains
Particularly if the temperature is dropping, this first point can make a huge difference to how heat is retained in your home.
Your windows are one of the main areas in which heat escapes. As such, turning to the right window treatment can make all the difference – and bulky curtains can be the perfect answer.
Sure, they might need to be revised in the summer months when a sheer material might be a better alternative, but in terms of keeping on top of the cooler temperatures – bulky curtains are the trendy way forward.
…And then onto the floor
Another area of the home in which heat often escapes is via the floor.
The solution is therefore simple; turn to a rug, or, if your budget allows, a new carpet.
Again, it’s all about creating a stylish extra layer for the heat to bypass before it inevitably reaches you and your household.
Opt for new windows
One of the more expensive solutions on our list comes in the form of windows. Once upon a time the advice was to turn to double-glazed windows. Now, with so many homes having such glazing, the advice is to take things up a notch and opt for triple-glazed ones.
These can work wonders in some cooler climates, while it’s also worth talking about the aesthetic benefits. We’ve seen the rise of aluminum windows over the years and if you are looking for the double advantage of style and efficiency, this can be the prime time to go down such a route.
Invest in tech
Granted, this final point might not be as aesthetically obvious as some of the other solutions we have spoken about, but it can make the world of difference.
There has been a lot in the media about smart tech over recent years – and it’s for good reason.
Most of these sit “behind the scenes”. You can’t see them, even if they are cool to experience.
Something that sits outside of the above category are motion detector lights. Sure, there’s an obvious energy saving cost here, but one must not also forget the heat saving element as well. When left on all day, some lights can emit surprisingly high amounts of heat. Instead, if you only use them when you walk into a room, the effects can barely be noticed.