Paint your walls white
When it gets difficult to buy a new house, people often decide instead to make improvements around their old one. If you’re thinking of redecorating, pick bright, light colors.
**How this helps**
Dark walls and ceilings absorb light, requiring more energy (and possibly fixtures) to light your house. By painting walls white or brighter colors, natural and artificial light will be reflected. Light walls also reflect heat better.
– Home lighting tips from the Clean Energy Guide
– Use natural light whenever you can — open those curtains and blinds!
– Turn off lights when you leave a room
– Install compact fluorescent bulbs