Electricity. It is a term we are all familiar with, that we all see as an imperative need. But what happens when there is a sudden power outage? Or, the energy bill continues to become more of a burden, especially when you are trying to provide a home with more space for your family. Thinking out of the box during these times is crucial, and forcing ourselves to venture away from this common belief that this standard is what we need is merely a false misconception. It can also be tricky for even the savviest and most frugal character, because it is deviating away from the norm. However, while electricity is convenient, it may not be the healthiest, cost effective, efficient, or even the best look for your home, especially when it is time for renovations.
Well, there is a light at the end of the tunnel (no pun intended). Here are some very handy tips that should be kept in mind when you or a loved one needs assistance with renovations to their home when there is no power. It will spin your creativity and foresight to a brighter (literally) future.
Use Different Light Sources
Every house encompasses different shades which have the potential to create a unique beauty and transcendent look that will be admired by family and friends. It also helps to save money on electricity to light your home as well as heating costs. Here are ideas to keep in mind while striving to save energy during renovations:
First, be sure to keep the house free of clutter wherever possible so that natural sunlight can radiate its beauty throughout your home. Then, allow the creative and artistic part of yourself shine, and consider using different shades of paint throughout your home. Be sure to compliment the areas which have a lot of natural light with lighter shades of paint as well.
Consider your outdoor surroundings. If there is a lot of green, such as trees, grass, or brush outside of the window, seize the opportunity to use complimentary tones to the natural hue surrounding your home. This doesn’t have to be the same color as grass green, but other shades of green that will compliment it. If there is a wall in the room that does not receive as much light, consider more neutral shades such as greys or tans that compliment your color and nature. Additionally, if there is a flowery garden outside, consider complimenting these colors within the closest areas of the home to the garden as well.
Keep in mind, that more heat is absorbed by darker hues, so be sure you keep other energy savers in mind, such as curtains, rugs, or simply opening the windows, depending on the season and daily energy needs.
Create a Sunroom
If you are looking for a heat source that does not require electricity, and are also looking to make renovations, creating a sunroom may be the most desirable choice for you. While many people erroneously believe that a sunroom must be a pre-determined room that is already labelled as a “sunroom”, this is very untrue, as anyone can create a sunroom, or at least a sunspace where plants can flourish. All you need is either a room with a lot of windows, or a few windows and area which can accommodate plants. While it is easy on the eyes, many people also do not realize the heating cost and energy efficiency that a sunroom and adding plants can be to a home, not to mention the increased oxygen circulation that even just a few plants can provide. Be sure to provide shade to all windows with energy efficient curtains, as well as keeping windows sealed appropriately, which will increase heating capacity in the winter, as well as cooling in the summer.
Get a Generator
Well, this one is a slam dunk. While each energy saving idea for renovations provides its benefits and is fun to think about, purchasing or renting a portable power generator (sometimes called a genset) is going to be your best option when it comes to saving money, and your time! If you are one who desires to save energy, or who wants to be prepared for a dreaded power outage, when push comes to shove, you really need to have a generator handy to meet your overall energy and safety needs. I cannot imagine my life without one. When it comes to harsh winter and summer temperatures, my generator is my best friend who jumps in to save the day, keeping my home lit, as well as preventing the many health complications that arise from unbearable temperatures. Not to mention, I didn’t just lose out on the hundreds of dollars I have recently spent on groceries that would otherwise spoil, because we all know how expensive those are these days! Honestly, the reasons for why it is a good idea to have a generator are endless, and it’s really just about having common sense!