Water conservation is becoming a household necessity due to more states declaring drought emergencies each year. Plus, not only does water conservation help the environment, but it also puts less strain on the pocketbook.

Times are tough. The household budget is tight, and you are bombarded with the expectation of being green. Plus, you want a nice lawn. Are being eco-friendly and green compatible with a nice lawn? Yes, when you make use of some easy tips.

What do big-name celebrities like Ed Begley Jr., Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have in common? Aside from being ridiculously good looking and having more money than they know what to do with, these celebrities have all taken steps to significantly “green” their homes.

The best investment you can make in your home — both for your pocketbook and your personal enjoyment — is in landscaping. Real estate experts agree that every dollar you put into your yard eventually will return one to two dollars when you sell. And at a time when home values are sagging, that’s something to consider.

It's not uncommon for homeowners to get the itch to move when they've been in their house awhile. While just picking up and moving isn't an option for most of us, there's another approach that people are taking: Refreshing their house to create a high-impact, high-style look, but doing it in a way that’s cost effective.

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you care about the environment -- so much so that you’re willing to change your spending habits to go green. According to a recent survey by Information Resources, Inc., a leading provider of retail market intelligence, half of all U.S. consumers consider at least one eco-friendly factor when shopping for consumer products, and it appears green living is taking root at home.

As home heating and cooling costs soar, your energy dollars literally might be going out the window – and the walls. Small and not-so-small air leaks through covered walls, floors, ceilings and normal openings such as windows and doors can add up to big losses. While retrofitting older homes with weather stripping, insulation and caulk helps seal air leaks, for new homes and additions, building tight walls can prevent air from escaping.