3. Now that fall is here and cold weather is approaching, know that almost half of your home's energy consumption is due to heating and cooling. Turn down the thermostat in cold weather. Each degree below 68°F (20°C) during colder weather saves 3%-5% more heating energy. When you come in from the cold, 68 will feel warm. At night, I turn mine down a bit further and use my down alternative comforter to sleep. A programmable thermostat heats the house back up in the morning. Remember to clean your furnace's air filter monthly. Need to update? Today's furnaces are about 25% more efficient than they were in the 1980s and remember to check out furnaces carrying the Energy Star label.
4. Give your room a quick face lift by painting an accent wall in no VOC paint from Sherwin Williams. The Harmony line of paints is both no-VOC and low odor and their new Emerald line has performance, color retention and durability in store for you.
5. Updating your bedding and bath? Purchase products made with bamboo. The fibers are soft, luxurious and affordable. There is no pesticide used in growing it, and bamboo is an easily renewable resource. It's naturally antibacterial and your towels will be highly absorbent. A bonus for allergy sufferers...they are gentle and unlikely to cause reactions.