Home remodeling and improvements account for 40% of residential construction each year while the National Association of Home Builders also projects that home remodeling, from room additions to appliance upgrades, will rise about 5% over the next 5 years.
For the past decade, using alternative materials and "Green" building has become a popular trend for homeowners. While there is no official standard to what is "Green", a home is considered green when energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality considerations are incorporated into the process of home building and remodeling. Being "green" does not require an extensive remodel; even the smallest change such as purchasing energy efficient appliances or electronic equipment or switching to compact fluorescent lights is considered a "green" contribution.
Benefits of being "Green" include:
"GREEN" BUILDING TIPS
Before developing your plan for artificial light, consider how windows and/or skylights might provide some or most of the ambient lighting you will need during the day.
Lighting represents about 20% of your home's electricity bill. Using an Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) uses 75% less energy (which reduces cooling costs) and lasts 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. Using CFL bulbs are recommended for those using specific light for more than 15 minutes.
Types of CFL Bulbs