I ran across a few home improvement ideas that you can incorporate when you are updating your home. The list is made up of small but helpful ideas that you can incorporate to help you save energy and also make a smaller impact on resources.
1: If you are re-roofing your home, you can always put in some skylights that will allow you to use less electricity by using natural sunlight.
2: Use reclaimed or sustainably harvested materials like bamboo or cork, and avoid wood composites that contain glue or formaldehyde.
3: Try to use products that are manufactured within 500 miles of your home to cut down on fuel costs for transportation.
4: Choose paints low in volatile organic compounds instead of latex-based enamel.
5: When it is time to replace any appliances, install energy efficient ones. Stats show that if one in ten households bought energy star rated heating and cooling equipment, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as taking 1.5 million cars off the road!
6: Of course, by replacing old light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, yu can trim 5 percent from your electrical bill.
There are several other ways to cut down on energy use, thereby lowering your house hold bills. Try google and see what other ideas you can come up with to help reduce your monthly bill and maybe save some resources along the way.