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April 27th 2019

How to save energy using natural light in your home

Everyone agrees that natural light make your home look warm and inviting. But did you know that there are other reasons to use natural light in your home that is not limited to just aesthetics. By taking advantage of nature’s light not only are you reducing energy usage but also saving money on utility bills. Whether or not your home is designed to make optimal use of natural light, you can still use these tips to increase natural light in your home: 

Open the curtains 

This is a no-brainer really. Simply opening your curtains could provide you with enough sunlight to brighten up your home. 

Mirrors 

Mirrors reflect light. So, placing mirrors on the wall facing an open window is a great way to maximize the natural light that is already coming through your windows.  

Move your furniture around 

The way your furniture is arranged could affect the amount of natural light in your home. Tall pieces of furniture like bookcase, entertainment centers or bureaus and dressers should always be perpendicular to the wall with windows. If these tall pieces are placed in this position, they will not block natural light so that the room will look much brighter and bigger. 

Paint the walls 

The dark color on your walls might be making your home seem darker than it is. Therefore, using a light color on your walls could increase the amount of natural light in the room. To increase the level of illumination, choose a paint with a glossy finish which is more reflective than a matte or satin finish. 

Glass tiles  

Homeowners can instantly make the kitchen look more open and inviting by using glass tiles on the backsplash. Glass tiles reflect close to 100% of the light that hit them, so they will brighten the entire room. Glass tiles also come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a design that complements the rest of the kitchen. 

Replace the Windows and Doors 

Some homes are built with small windows and solid wood doors, which could limit the amount of natural light available. Installing bigger windows and glass doors will drastically increase the natural light in your home, however this can be costly. 

To keep the costs low, consider only changing the windows and doors that will make the greatest impact. For example, south facing windows typically get the most sunlight, whereas north-facing windows typically get the least. Therefore, it would be wise to only replace the south-facing windows and doors if you are working with a limited budget. 

Many homeowners are hesitant to make this change because they do not want to sacrifice their privacy. However, this should not be a concern. If you want to protect your privacy, consider installing frosted glass doors or windows. These doors and windows will allow sunlight in, but they are not transparent, which means no one will be able to see inside your home.

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