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Design Tips from the Experts

Design Tips from the Experts

Our design professionals are here for advice on five ways to improve spending and living at home in a fashionable way. It may cost a little more to have energy efficiency in the beginning of your transition, but there are continuing benefits including reduced heating and cooling costs as well as benefits for earth as time passes.

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

Tip #2: Tech-less rooms are the new black. In a world of instant connection, we seem to be less connected with our surroundings and the people we are with. Tech-less rooms can offer energy efficiency and help create lasting relationships with your family and friends. Instead of watching Netflix or scrolling Facebook for hours, read a book or play a game with your loved ones.

Tip #3: Shop locally to support local businesses while saving on shipping and the energy used to get that package to you. Another positive – 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 plant flowers or small vegetables in your home. 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 utilize 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 pleased 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 South Portland showroom, give us a call at 207-517-2331 or set up an appointment online.
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