5 Simple Interior Design Tips That Can Save You Energy

Posted 12/11/2019 by Melanie Lissack

Sustainability is currently a key focus within interior design; you’ll now find that designers are using a lot more recycled or natural material within furniture production, while we are all comprehending our own home’s eco-footprint.

A great way to save energy in your home (which cuts down on waste and helps to lower energy bills) is to consider how you design it. Here are five simple and sustainable decor solutions to help keep down energy costs and make your own home more energy-efficient: 

1. Choose Stylish, Energy Saving Lighting & Smart Technology

LED lighting technology produces light approximately 90% more efficiently than traditional bulbs and can last up to ten years, which means less waste going to landfill. Even though LED bulbs are usually more expensive to purchase upfront, you will save considerably on your energy bill. There are many interesting and stylish LED bulb shapes available that make the bulb a decorative feature, as well as being energy-efficient.

Smart technology has also advanced so that you can control your home lighting from your phone. Left home in a rush and the bedroom light is still on? You can turn it off remotely on your mobile. Remote technology is also available for your home’s heating. E.ON’s tado° is a smart thermostat which lets you control your heating from your phone. tado° can tell you how warm your home is, when your heating is on and how much money you are saving. Using geolocation, tado° will turn your heating off if no-one is in, then turn it on when you are on your way back as well as allowing you to control the temperature from your mobile! Clever, huh?  

2. Use Rugs And Throws To Create A Cosy Look And Keep Down Heating Costs.

‘Layering’ is a key term used within interior design to create the look of a warm, inviting home. Build up your use of different fabrics and pattern with rugs and soft furnishings, which make a home look loved and livable, but also save you energy. 10-20% of a rooms heat can be lost to uninsulated flooring, with gaps in floorboards being the main culprit. Rugs and carpets with energy-efficient pads placed underneath stop heat escaping and provide comfort and texture underfoot. 

3. Choose The Right Appliances 

Far from being a basic essential, home appliances can now be stylish, smart and come in a sleek range of colours. When looking for a washing machine, check it has an ‘eco-wash’ option that uses less energy and is less wasteful with water. Choose appliances with at least ‘A+’ energy ratings. To get the best out of your appliances, make sure that your boiler and your pipework are up to scratch. E.ON offer customers an A-rated, energy-efficient Worcester Bosch gas boiler which comes in a number of colour options to match your home with their Life & Style boiler range, along with any pipework or filters that you might need.



4. Pay Attention To Dressing Your Windows

Thick, good quality fabric curtains with a thermal lining have always been considered the best way to insulate your windows and stop heat from escaping. However, many other window treatment manufacturers now offer discreet draught-proofing. Cellular blinds have a honeycomb design to keep in heat, while you can purchase bespoke shutters fitted exactly to window measurements, blocking any draughts. But did you know that heat can easily escape through your walls as well as through your windows? E.ON offers cavity wall installation which helps fill the gaps and could save yourself up to £145 a year on your heating



5. Planning A Bathroom Renovation? Choose A Walk-In Shower Over A Bath To Save On Space And Energy.

Taking a shower uses half the amount of water than filling the bath and with 23% of the average heating bill going on heating water, it’s easy to do the maths! Sustainable, contemporary bathroom design is moving towards wet room style shower cubicles (the privacy of a cubicle, but without a shower tray) to open up more space in the bathroom, with ‘double showers’ (two showers heads in one cubicle for a couple or two children to use) creating a more energy-efficient, luxury space compared to the traditional claw-foot tub. You can even monitor the difference in your energy usage by getting a free smart meter which put you in control of your energy, by showing you how much you’re spending on your energy in pounds and pence. 

 

Great energy-saving facts like ‘shower vs bath’ are key to all of us becoming more informed around our energy usage. For example, did you know that leaving your phone charger in the socket unused still uses up energy? Or an empty fridge requires more energy than a full one? 

E.ON now provides all their customers’ homes with electricity backed by 100% renewable sources, on all tariffs as standard at no extra cost, but it is still important to look for simple ways to keep down energy consumption. 


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