Vitality Effectivity in a German House

In Germany the summer season is HOT and the winter is COLD.  Nothing uncommon, proper?! However with nearly all of the houses in Germany being tile flooring and constructed from cement-it can get REALLY chilly within the winter.
The primary winter right here, we have been freezing in our home.  Loads of German homes are made so there are doorways all through the home EVERYWHERE.  This implies you’ll be able to have the radiators on in a single room of the home, after which shut off the opposite components of the home that aren’t getting used. 
Nonetheless, our home shouldn’t be made this manner.  So, all of our warmth rises to the upstairs.  This makes for a really chilly downstairs.  We’d be in sweats and slippers our total first winter right here and have been nonetheless chilly.
-some German homes include heated flooring, which sounds beautiful.  Different issues to contemplate is in case you have oil or electrical warmth.  We do not need heated flooring and we now have electrical warmth. 
So, our second winter I made a decision to do a little analysis on cement partitions and retaining warmth in localized areas in the home.  The distinction from the modifications I made have been drastic!   We could not imagine it.  We used much less warmth and stayed hotter.
Here’s what we did:
Since we didn’t have doorways to shut off our front room/eating room/nice room combo downstairs, from the upstairs space, I made my very own ‘door’.
I used command hooks, a curtain rod, and a heavy black out curtain.

I additionally discovered that the warmth from our wall radiator was getting absorbed into our cement wall that it was mounted on.  Loopy, proper?
So, I put tin foil on the wall in between the radiator.
The porcelain owl has water in it, that evaporates into the air and retains the room from getting too dry.
Are you able to see it?:)
NOPE!
Right here, let me assist you to.
It is such a small change, and but we felt a HUGE distinction within the temperature in our home.  The tin foil mirrored the warmth again into the room, as a substitute of the concrete wall absorbing it.  The very best half is which you can barely even see the tin foil. 
This was my answer to our winter chill.
 
However in the summertime you may as well save TON of cash in your electrical energy hanging your garments as much as dry.  On a scorching summer season day, I can get a whole load dried the solar in 45 minutes.  It is loopy!

I like how this drying rack has little slots on your socks and smaller clothing-saves on house.
Additionally in the summertime, hold these rolladens down as a way to hold the daylight out and stop your own home from getting too scorching.  Most European homes include no air con.  So, maintaining the daylight out is essential to serving to hold your own home from changing into a sauna. 

These are rolladens. 
They’re your black out shades that roll up and down on the skin of your window. 
Ours are cracked on this picture to let a bit mild into the lounge.
You may ‘lure’ the cool morning air within the summertime too.  Within the early morning, earlier than it will get tremendous scorching, open your home windows to get the cooler air to return inside.  To hurry up getting the cool air inside, you’ll be able to place a fan in entrance of the home windows.  Have the fan pointed into the home to tug the cool outdoors air into your own home.  As soon as it begins to heat up outdoors, shut all of the home windows and lure the air inside your own home.
Hope the following pointers assist!
Do you might have any options to maintain your European home heat within the winter and funky in the summertime?