5 ways to save energy in your living room alone

Ways to save energy in your living roomSometimes trying to find ways to save energy at home is a daunting task, why not just focus on one room?

Since bills can be a tough burden for many of us these days, it could be wise to keep the ones you can as low as possible. Saving energy can help you lower your bills, while also helping live a bit greener.

2 birds, 1 stone.

Windows and Shades

In the winter, you can open the shades and put aside your sun curtains, thus allowing as much light as possible to enter your living room. The brighter it is outside, the warmer the room will be — and, in addition, you will not need light bulbs, nor any other type of artificial light!

In the summer, you can let your shades down and use sun curtains to keep the living room dark and cool. Cooling energy can be saved in this way.

Electric Devices and Bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs have appeared on the markets, and they tend to consume much less energy than regular bulbs while operating at the same light intensity. Although it’s often thought that energy efficient bulbs aren’t a financially viable option, we often talk about their long-term affordability.

All the artificial light sources in the living room could be replaced with an efficient solution.

Electronic devices that have a standby mode that could be avoided. It’s best to unplug all devices when you don’t use them, but more on that in the next section.

Efficient Main Controller

Instead of turning of devices you do not use all the time, you can buy a main power controller that can automate the switching off functions for the devices in your living room.

Each time you turn off a device, it can be automatically disconnected from the power grid, helping you slay the energy vampires around your living room. You can even program a controller to switch off devices that depend on TV to function — such as game consoles, DVD players, or video recorders — each time the TV is turned off.

You can also use sensors for the light bulbs, as they turn off automatically when you get out of the room.

Clear Air Vents

You should make sure that there is no furniture blocking the air vents — you want your heating and cooling systems to work efficiently. If you use a radiator in the winter, you should place heat deflectors in order to direct the heat away from walls. Remember, you’re aiming to heat the space between the walls, not the walls themselves.

Leaking Chimney Air

If you have a chimney in your living room, the flue damper should be tightly closed during the non-usage period, because heat or conditioned air could get out. When there is a fire, the flue damper must be opened, as it allows smoke to be taken out.

Because living rooms are often larger than other rooms, they can be particularly difficult places in which to conserve energy — they’re often cluttered with a variety of electrical devices, and they’re often difficult to heat or cool efficiently.

But these tips should help you reduce the energy used around your living room!

[Photo: Paladin27/Flickr]

About this guest author: Gina Decker loves the outdoors, and she likes to spend time on the lake. She is a contributing author at boatinsurance.org.

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  • Laine D.

    Excellent tips!  Living in the boiler room that is Arizona we really have to do everything we can to maintain a liveable home without killing our budget.

    Adjusting the angle of ‘closed’ blinds makes a considerable difference (if you stand close and rotate them to the maximum angles in each direction you can actually feel a difference in heat reflection.
    Using draft excluders under doors to keep heat out also makes sense if you’re weather proofing isn’t perfect. Remove at nighttime to allow cooler air in.

    Stay cool!

    Laine D.

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