Space heating and cooling account for more than 40% of the average home's energy use. Energy Star labeled programmable thermostats can save energy and money while still maintaining comfort by reducing the amount of time heating and cooling systems operate.
Many doors don't have any glass (like your front door), but even doors with lots of glass (like a sliding patio door) have lower glass-to-frame ratios than windows or skylights. This means doors can provide more insulation than a window or skylight can.
CFL bulbs are energy efficient, saving you money on your home's lighting costs. However, due to trace amounts of mercury contained in CFLs, burnt out bulbs should be disposed of properly through a local recycling program.
The EnergyGuide label can help you find the most energy efficient appliance to meet your home's needs. Appliances have one of two labels, either showing annual energy use for the appliance or one that shows the energy efficiency of the appliance.
Look for the Energy Star certification on a wide variety of energy-efficient products for green homes. Stay up to date on the latest news from Energy Star designed to save homeowners money and reduce demand for energy from fossil fuels.