Home Interior Designs for energy efficient living
If you want do up your home interior designs, home designs that are planned for energy efficiency will really help your pocket in the long run. Home design can be cleverly done to suit a modest budget, and yet make your place energy efficient. 'Green' is the new buzzword in all modern construction and most architects and builders are incorporating this in their home designs, as well as designs for malls, hotels, airports, IT parks, office buildings and apartment complexes. You can go green too with energy efficient elements in your home. Remember, some of these elements might seem expensive at first, but the amount of money they will save you, will be worth it.
Windows and Doors: Choose energy efficient UPVC windows and doors. This is an important part of home interior designs. UPVC is a poor conductor of heat. The result is that even if it is scorching hot outside, the inside temperatures remain moderate, allowing you're A/C to be more effective. The same goes for cold climates, where UPVC frames do not allow the warmth of the room to escape outside. Therefore the heating system does not have to work as hard. In both cases, you can manage to save tremendous amounts on electricity bills and save energy for the environment. UPVC not only conserves energy, but is monsoon-proof, dust-proof and termite-proof.
Also ensure that you choose the right glass for your windows and doors. Double-glazed or triple-glazed, tinted glass, laminated glass windows are good for maximum energy conservation, security as well as sound-proofing your space.
Lighting Design: You can also maximize energy efficiency with clever interior lighting design. Use LED lighting as much as possible because they are even more energy efficient than CFL bulbs. They will provide you with the illumination you need, at the same time will help you save as much as 40-60% on your electricity bill. Always install dimmers so you can control the amount of light you need. If you have the budget, buy automatic lighting sensors which switch off the light automatically when you leave the room.
Appliances: There are plenty of energy-efficient appliances out there, right from A/Cs, refrigerators, ceiling fans and heaters. Discard your old appliances and choose these instead. Sometimes, you might need to choose the appliance beforehand, before beginning construction in your home. For instance, if you plan to have a modular kitchen, you will need to know the exact size of the refrigerator and microwave that you plan to have in the kitchen.
Ask your architect to incorporate these elements in your home design. It will be much easier on your pocket in the long term.