Friday, April 1, 2011

Energy Saving Paint

by Tori Riggs Surprisingly, the most simple thing you can do to save energy in your home is to paint it. The right color and/or amount of paint can help heat or cool your home, saving you energy. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing the right type, color and amount of paint:

  • dark colors attract heat and are the best for winter or cold times

  • more coats of paint can also attract heat

  • light colors are ideal for summer because they don't attract too much heat

You also need to change your painting ideas if you live in a regularly hot or cold area. Obviously, if you are normally very hot, then dark colors will hinder you more than they will help you. This makes normally cold areas perfect for dark colors because the heat isn't really a problem.

One last thing you need to keep in mind is that your home may have a very specific color that makes it unique, so you don't want to change your entire house's design and style just to be more energy efficient.

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