One of the best things about lofts is that they are relatively easy to convert into a more energy efficient space. The reason for this is that the layout makes it convenient to install a lot of features like a simple skylight that will impact the entire space at once. With a single skylight, the entire loft already becomes more energy efficient since that one skylight will already lighten up the entire unlike other dwellings where you need to have a skylight installed in every room (at least if that’s what you want).
Obviously, the usual advice on retrofitting a home to be more energy efficient also applies to lofts, such as replacing your current light bulbs and appliances with better energy star ratings, chunking out your bulky and energy hungry computer and using more energy efficient computer systems like laptops, making sure all windows are well-sealed to lower heating bills, and even possibly having solar panels installed.
Image via EnergyStar.gov
24 Jan 2013 Hannah