Contributed by Jim Taylor
The last three decades have witnessed a revolution in terms of environmental awareness. In every global forum, environmental conservation is a key topic as evidence of unrelenting degradation becomes apparent.
As a home owner, you can make a timely contribution by making your home more energy efficient. This can be done by saving on electricity and wood, which in turn translates to less environmental exploitation of the environment for energy use. Saving on wood halts deforestation, while at the same time saving you a lot of money.
Your home decor needs electricity and wood, both for improved functionality and enhanced aesthetic value. Here are some steps to follow to make sure you don’t impact negatively on nature:
Saving Energy in Home Décor
Install a plug-in load monitor on any outlet where a device or appliance is in operation. This tool helps you understand where wastage can be cut back and in the process saves you quite an amount.
You can save up to 15% by using a real-time load monitor, according to the EPA. Monitoring your energy use is a crucial step in saving energy and in the process reducing your electric bill.
A plug-in monitor can post your usage online even when you are not in the house, making sure you are updated always.
Add a motion sensor to outdoor lighting appliances. These are also part of your porch décor and hence must be incorporated into your green living project. These sensors turn off the lights when there is no motion thus helping to cut on wastage by allowing use of electricity only when it is needed.
Install window treatment to reduce heat loss. This can be done using window covering treatment including honeycomb structures, louvered shutters, light blocking roller shades, and drapery, which control heat loss while still enhancing your décor.
Mount an elegant wall tapestry to reduce heat loss while ensuring your home décor flows seamlessly. Wall tapestry ensures your HVAC system will not have to work overdrive to heat or cool your home.
Saving Wood in Home Décor
Take a carpentry course training to help with your wood décor ideas. These are skills that are invaluable to every home owner in order to improve their property.
Use recycled wood in light fixtures and other aesthetic décor features: wall hangings, family photo frames, fireplace decorations, etc. Wood recycling and reuse is important in saving forests. Not only can it enhance your home’s décor, it can be its focus.
Use wood pallets to make amazing furniture from recycled timber. From cabinets, floors to the ceiling, wood recycling and reuse saves you money. New wood items cost more, both in the price you pay and in their environmental impact. Salvaging wooden materials and using them in your home décor therefore pays a double benefit.
Jim Taylor is a wood expert who has practiced in the construction industry for 43 years. Afterwards, Jim switched to home décor and through a carpentry course at Ableskills, he has been able to give advice to thousands of home owners.