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Design Tips from the Experts

Design Tips from the Experts

Our design pros are here for advice on five ways to improve spending and living at home in a trendy way. It may cost a little more to have energy efficiency in the beginning of your transition, but there are continuous benefits including decreased heating and cooling costs as well as benefits for the environment over time.

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

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 promote energy efficiency and help create lasting relationships with your family and friends. Instead of watching Netflix or checking Facebook for hours, read a book or play a game with your loved ones.

Tip #3: Shop locally to boost local businesses while saving on shipping and the energy used to get that package to you. Another plus – 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 throughout warmer seasons. Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still raise flowers or small vegetables in your house. Complement your space and appetite with vibrant colored peppers, flowers and greens to act as a design piece until they are ready to be picked. Another great tip is to gather rain water from a bucket or run-off pipe to water your plants indoors.

We can help you harness 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 Peoria showroom, give us a call at 309-306-3893 or schedule an appointment online.
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