Energy-smart design can cut your bills and leave your home looking gorgeous

When decorating our homes, we tend to consider things like beauty and comfort, the durability of pieces we might buy or the image they project. But how many of us stop to consider our energy bills? Energy-smart design goes way beyond choosing Energy Star-rated appliances or switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, although both are good ideas. Today's experts see opportunities to conserve energy in nearly every aspect of home design. There are "so many things that look gorgeous and totally save you money," says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. We asked Flynn and fellow designers Mallory Mathison and Janine Carendi to share their energy-wise secrets:

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