10 WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY AT HOME

  1. Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  2. Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
  3. Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
  4. Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down.
  5. Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
  6. Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
  7. Reduce the strain on your AC by applying reflective coating. This will help you save by decreasing the amount of heat coming into your home.
  8. Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
  9. Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.
  10. Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.

These tips will help you save energy, ultimately reducing your expenses.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAINT COLOUR

Colour plays a huge role in influencing our mood. Hence, choosing the right colour for the room becomes very important. At the same time, it can also be a humungous task to confront. We have here for you a set of guidelines which will make this seemingly huge task of choosing the right colour for your room an easy task.

  1. An important thing to consider while choosing paint colours is the mood of that particular room. For example, a bedroom will necessarily have a very relaxing and warm mood. So, the use of cool and neutral colours will enhance the feeling of intimacy. In the dining area, contrasting colours, blue-greens and neutrals will add to the cordial atmosphere. The kids’ room can be made to look energetic and active by using bright hues.
  2. Also consider the lighting in the particular room. The placement of the window, the number of windows in the room and other lighting factors have to be taken into account before deciding on the colour of the paint for that room. It would be useful to note that natural daylight shows the colours in their truest shade, incandescent lighting enhances the warm and yellow tones and fluorescent lights cast a sharp blue tone.
  3. Don’t hesitate to try out colors on a larger surface of wall. Try deep, vivid colours, or neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as the main colours. Tinted ceiling adds a very dramatic effect to the room.
  4. Transform flat, dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and broken color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth.
  5. While considering colours, view each wall in comparison to adjacent walls and how they interact. Make sure the colours in the various rooms complement each other so as to complete the feel of home.
  6. Try and create bold or subtle variations within one color group with contrasting paint finishes. Use closely related colors, or try a single color in different finishes, for walls and trim in one space.

By following the above tips, you can easily decide upon the colour for each room. Your rooms will then understand you and converse with you like a friend.