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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME (AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT) GREENER

To the uninformed, setting up your home for green living may invoke stress-inducing visions of solar panel installment and dwindling budgets. But we’re here to put an end to that myth once and for all. It’s done with an open floor plan. This is a sort of fancy home design phrase that refers to combining living spaces where you can in lieu of walls (you’ll often see this done in combined kitchen/dining/living room setups). What this all means is that setting up your home for energy efficiency is largely free—and actually saves you money—you just have to work with your architect and make the design decision to do so. Don’t believe us? You’re about to.

HERE COMES THE SUN

Delineating common rooms allows the sun to light up more of your house during the day time. This means you save on the electricity bills you’d receive if you had lights on in multiple rooms throughout the day. If you live in a warmer region, you do want to be careful to balance the amount of direct sunlight your house gets with the cooling load it has to then manage. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you think this might be an issue for you.

AIRING IT OUT

While we’re at it, let’s save more on electricity. In the same way your house is now more sun efficient, it can be more air efficient too. An open floor plan allows air to better circulate throughout more of your home and reduces the need for expensive air conditioning units and outlet-hogging fans.

SAVE YOUR SWEAT

Last but not least, open floor plans save another kind of energy—yours. Whether it’s sweeping, scrubbing or spraying, having one room to clean and maintain rather than three can be easier on your nerves and to-do list.

It also means that when you’re entertaining, you won’t have to hustle between rooms to check on guests and meal prep. And even if your guests are sitting on an outside veranda, you run less risk of conversation getting trapped down a hallway as there are less physical barriers between you and them.

If you take one thing away from this post, we want it to be this— let Mother Nature do most of the utilities work for you. You’ll see a sizable return on investment and live a more seamless home life as a result.

Ready to get started? Contact one of our specialists today and help us understand what we can do for you.

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