A growing number of people are giving up their large homes in favor of a smaller abode. This may be seen as a cost cutting measure but it is also a practical move particularly if only two people are occupying the house.
Living in a small home has many benefits. For one thing, the spaces you’re going to clean every day are minimal. Secondly, it won’t make the occupants feel so alone and lonely unlike when two people are residing in a huge house. Thirdly and perhaps the major advantage is you can save on your electricity bills moving onwards.
Areas where homeowners can enjoy energy savings are in the use of lighting fixtures, heating systems and other electrical appliances.
In terms of lighting, the trick is in positioning them properly such that they provide sufficient light and make the room look bigger. In the kitchen, for instance, positioning the light at the top of the cabinet facing the ceiling is recommended instead of putting it below which is what many normally do.
laundry room, using an Energy Star-qualified washer and one with a front loading system is a good move. Front loading washers utilize about 18 to 25 gallons of water only per load compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard washing machine. Also, an Energy Star-qualified washer uses less energy.
Occupants of small homes can take advantage of natural light as well in heating their home particularly during cold weather. All you need is to open your drapes to let the light in during the day and close them in the evening to keep the warmth. By using this strategy, you won’t need to use your heating system longer at night to give you the warmth that you and your family require.
On hot days, having a smaller abode is indeed an advantage as cooling the rooms will take a shorter time. When the appropriate temperature is achieved, you can then simply lower your thermostat and you won’t have to use your air conditioning system longer as well.
An important thing to remember is to ensure that doorways and windows are properly sealed so there’s no chance for warm or cold air to escape from your home.
In the kitchen, make sure to use the right size of pan for the food and hob. Always use lids to keep in the heat and for faster cooking. Most importantly, cook just enough food and boil just enough water that you can consume.
About the guest author:
Meg is a writer and green advocate who contributes blog posts focusing on the use of renewable energy sources on behalf of Albertaenergyproviders.com.