Arranging Your Furniture to Save Energy

Arranging Your Furniture to Save Energy

Trent Johnson
Dec 10, 2008

If you've already winterized your apartment/home and want to conserve just a little more, here's a simple idea that just requires a little imagination and muscle: rearrange your furniture/art/decorations to conserve energy.

Keep the Heat from Electric Appliances Inside Your Home
A computer monitor, TV, or even oven placed against a window or exterior wall will loose much of the heat to the outside. Instead, hang that LCD TV on an interior wall away from a window and pull your lamps away from exterior walls to make the best use of the extra heat.

Insulate the Walls with Books (not literally):

Tall bookcases, filled with books add heat flow resistance to a wall. Move bookcases to exterior walls to slow the transmission of your precious heat from inside your home, to the outside, and to prevent the cold from creeping in.

Arrange Your Seating Away from Windows and Drafts

Place your couch and chairs where you can see the windows but not feel any radiating cold. If you're close to a draft, you'll be tempted to turn up the thermostat, even if the average temperature throughout the space is warmer than where you're sitting.

Take Care to Not Obstruct Air Ducts

Though the optimal placement of your sofa might be over a heater vent, know that placing anything over a vent will slow the flow into the room. Also, much of the heat might be absorbed by the sofa and instead of heating the room, you'll only heat the seat.

Wall Art Helps Insulate Too

Whether it's a quilt hung on the wall or some large picture frames, they'll have slow the transmission of heat/cold on exterior walls.

Inspiration from Energy Boom
Living room photo from LillianAugust
Bookshelf photo from

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