Simple Green: Arranging for Daylight

Simple Green: Arranging for Daylight

Amber Byfield
Aug 24, 2009

We're working from home a lot this week, and what we've found is that we always set up shop where the light is just right. Turns out, this is not only good for the psyche, as natural light is a great way to lift one's spirits and literally warm the soul, but it's also a pretty green choice. Do you know why?

It's pretty simple, really: arranging your furniture so that reading nooks, work surfaces, or desks fall in areas with plenty of natural light saves the energy you'd otherwise need to turn on a light.

We like working at the kitchen table, which gets plenty of daylight; the reading chair sits by another window and by noon, there's plenty of light there to read without the help of a lamp. And, of course, our sewing and crafting table sits under another large window, letting in plenty of light for the detail-oriented work that goes on there.

So during the day, unless we have to go into the dark cave of a kitchen, it's lights out!

(Image: Flickr member JAGwired, licensed under Creative Commons.)

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