Home Interiors: Living Green (Part 2)

Continuing with my post earlier in the week about incorporating small earth-friendly changes into your lifestyle & home, here are a few more easy suggestions for getting started on your journey to “living green”:

 

EFFICIENT LIGHTING

Implementing more efficient lighting  not only includes turning off lights when you leave a room, but also switching to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s), once your old bulbs burn out.  CFL’s use around 75% less energy and burn about 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Win, win!

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MONITOR YOUR THERMOSTAT

Although it is ideal to keep the temperature  in our homes at the most comfortable settings possible, remember to operate your system at the most energy-efficient temperature that you and your family can tolerate.  Commonly recommended temperatures include 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, depending upon your home’s ability to insulate and maintain a consistent temperature.

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UNPLUG!

Did you know that electronics plugged into the wall, even when not in use, can eat up 40% of your electric bill? By unplugging appliances, such as televisions, stereos, DVD players, microwave ovens, and computers, not only can you save yourself a great deal on your electric bill, but you can also help reduce energy waste!

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LOAD IT UP!

Rather than doing partial loads of laundry and dishes, fully load your dishwasher and washing machine/dryer before turning them on. In doing so, you save water and energy.

 

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Photo from Casasugar.

 

CHANGE AIR FILTERS FREQUENTLY

Dirty air filters slow down airflow, causing the system to expend more energy to force air through the ducts.  To reduce that unnecessary energy usage and keep system maintenance to a minimum,  simply change your air filters more frequently. Check the product instructions for recommended scheduling.

What are some of the ways that you have changed your lifestyle to become more green-focused?

If you are interested in creating a beautiful, yet eco-friendly, home interiors design, CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM

Now, go have an “It’s so Fabulous!” day!

 

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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two locations at 7753 North Kings Hwy and 7751 North Kings Hwy.