With so much of the country these days working on ways of saving our planet and "going green" it is not surprising that green has found its way into interior design.
A building cannot be green on the outside without being on the inside. Energy conservation is a key step to going green so it only seems fitting that the first step to a green interior design is to plan rooms with energy sensitive lighting.
Green interior design can also reflect the energy a home gives off and uses up. You want a home that can be kept thermally comfortable while keeping the energy consumption at a low. Green methods of thermal comfort can include solar heating units, thermostat set backs and good home insulation.
Insulating the home is one of the biggest money savers, and many people don’t realize that going green may also have tax deduction advantages. The approach of insulation can be applied to newer homes as well as older ones.
Fine-tuning a green interior can take some work but it can allow you to reduce energy costs without losing design quality.
Additional ways to conserve energy in a home can include covering walls with fabric gathered on a rod at the top and bottom, using closets as buffers on north or west walls, adding a heat lamp to a bathroom to take the chill off on a cold morning, use thermal wallpaper to insulate and using foil wallpaper to reflect heat back into the interior.
Also, using filled bookcases on outside, non-mass walls act as insulation, large decorative rugs, tapestries or fabric wall hangings on outside non-mass walls also add insulation.
There are many steps you can take to go green with your interior design. A quick Internet search can give you a lot of ideas.
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