Sleep on this: You probably spend more time in your bedroom than any other home zone, so it’s important to get it right.1 Reducing your resource consumption here requires a close look at how you use the space—–night and day.2 Your goal is to balance energy efficiency with flexibility of experience.
Fine-tune your window shades.3
Your shades should have the flexibility to provide all the privacy you need while allowing you to keep the lights off during the day. A flexible combination of opaque and translucent materials usually does the trick. In addition, keeping unwanted solar radiation from entering your space in the first place means lower cooling bills.
Get a good ceiling fan.
You get a lot of bang for your energy buck with an efficient ceiling fan. Install one with multiple speeds so that you can moderate air movement.4
Get the TV out.
What are you watching TV in bed for? Among other things, the bedroom should provide you with a calming foundation to support your hectic day. Police shoot-’em-ups and Flowbee infomercials have no place here. Unless watching late-night Animal Planet is instrumental in your decompression cycle, consider popping that thing off the wall and donating it to an affordable housing organization.