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Fall Decorating with Energy Efficiency in Mind

Posted by RESNET

Nov 5, 2014 10:42:00 AM


Summer’s definitely over and with the cool autumn weather comes time for a little re-decorating as well as some home maintenance to get your dwelling ready for fall.

Here are some good ideas on how to decorate your home for fall:

  • Reduce your use of lighting with atmospheric custom candleholders. Mini pumpkins are great for this. Cut a 1-inch-wide circle into each pumpkin, scoop out the centers, insert some candles and voila!
  • Create a centerpiece by grouping glass candlesticks with lots of large apples. A coat of metallic gold spray on the candlesticks will add some panache to the centerpiece, while the candles create a warm, energy-saving light.
  • A pumpkin is a very versatile fall vegetable that can be used to decorate your home in a seasonal motif—a flower vase is one option. These are really too easy to make. Carve a hole in a pumpkin, scoop out the centers and then fill it with your favorite fall flowers. Place a jar of water inside the pumpkin to keep flowers fresher longer.
  • Color helps create the right ambience. Consider combining white linens and dishes with brightly colored accent pieces, napkins candles and centerpieces.
  • Place branches, dried grasses, moss, squash and small pumpkins in decorative bowls around the house. Showcase a particular pumpkin or squash with an interesting shape or twisted stem by setting it apart from the others.
  • Decorate your fireplace mantel with fall wreathes and dried flowers. Using the fireplace more frequently is a great way to cut down on furnace usage and therefore heating costs.

These are a few ideas you can use to decorate your home and reduce your overall energy usage at the same time. However, if you find that your home is colder and draftier in fall, you might be suffering from air sealing issues. Contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Professional for an energy audit to find out where the air leaks are occurring and how to fix them.

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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