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Design Tips from the Experts

Design Tips from the Experts

Our design pros are here to give you five ways to improve spending and living at home in a fashionable way. It may cost a bit more to have energy efficiency in the beginning of your transition, but there are continuous benefits including lower heating and cooling bills as well as benefits for the planet as time passes.

Tip #1: Windows allow natural light into your home, another energy efficiency must-have. A perfect day should have a lot of windows that you can look out of and open up for fresh air. A simple tip is to dress up your windows with moveable curtains. This will allow you to have a natural ‘light bulb’ that you can turn on and off through your day. Double-insulated windows are also an energy and major cost saver. They decrease outside noise, energy consumed on maintaining home temperatures and are also a value booster when you look to sell your home.

Tip #2: Rooms without technology are the new black. In a world of instant connection, we tend to become less connected with our surroundings and the people we are with. Tech-less rooms encourage energy efficiency and help create lasting relationships with your family and friends. Instead of watching Netflix or browsing Facebook for hours, read a book or play a game with your loved ones.

Tip #3: Shop locally to help out local businesses while saving on shipping and the energy used to get that package to you. Another benefit – the more local you shop, the better chances you have that you will find individual and unique pieces for your space at home. Dare to be different and energy efficient.

Tip #4: Gardening is a pastime for many people during warmer seasons. Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still grow flowers or small vegetables in your apartment. Complement your space and appetite with vibrant colored peppers, flowers and greens to accent as a design piece until they are ready to eat. Another great tip is to use rain water from a bucket or run-off pipe to water your plants indoors.

We can help you utilize design while remaining energy efficient. You will be happy with your home, and so will Mother Nature. And if you have any other questions about how you can increase your home’s energy efficiency, come by our Albany showroom, give us a call at 518-414-5302 or set up an appointment online.
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