Interest in the benefits and use of environmentally friendly products continues to grow, making the green movement stronger than ever. This is especially prevalent for homeowners who are looking to build and decorate their homes in ways that support the environment.

From the food we eat to the cars we drive, going “green” is a growing trend everywhere you look. And now, it’s becoming a driving force in the home improvement industry as well. If you’re interested in adding a new structure to your property, there is an option that is both earth-friendly and affordable.

In today’s environmentally conscious times, it seems we’re surrounded by the need to shop, act and live “green.” Some of our choices are easy and small, while others can be big and costly. But one thing is for sure – each choice can make a significant difference. But as many of us know from experiences of trying to diet, the most successful long-term changes we make can’t make us feel as if we are “giving up” the small pleasures that we enjoy.

Making a few easy green improvements around your house can help you be friendly to the environment -- and your wallet. Here are some ideas.

When warnings about trans fats emerged, you worked hard to eliminate them from your family’s diet. You were quick to clean out the kids’ toy box when lead contamination fears prompted recalls of foreign-made toys in 2007. Keeping on top of health news can help you and your family lead healthier, happier lives.

Water may not be the renewable resource you think it is. In fact, 36 states anticipate shortages by 2013, according to U.S. government estimates. But the good news is you can do a lot to reduce the amount of water you use in the home, which helps save the environment and also save you money on your water bill.

With the current down economy and tight mortgage lending rules, building your dream home can be difficult. Finding an affordable home is often critical, and at the same time, more homebuyers are looking for ways to go green. Despite a common belief that green construction adds to home costs, new technologies can help provide an affordable, quality home you can feel good about owning. Home design and construction software plays a key role.