There are many small steps to check out at the Green Tips page to steadily turn your home into a self-sufficient one. If those have already been completed, then try looking into the investment of solar energy and rainwater tanks.
The big advantages are numerous and have been listed a couple of times before so there is no need to repeat the various positive arguments for solar energy. It would be a substantial change if the automobile industry and other influential branches were to realise that a step towards alternative energy in general would affect the environment tremendously. So the installation of solar panels from companies like Trina can only be seen as positive investments for both private homes and businesses.
A more simple money saver and eco aid is the installation of a rainwater tank. This substitution might be more difficult to arrange for apartments but for homes with outdoor sections, using the tanks to water the garden and washing up can help you appreciate water consumption as well as making the home more self-sufficient.
Lack of insulation is usually the leading cause of cold homes. And of course, poor insulation means unattractive energy bills. If you feel like your home isn’t probably heated, it may mean insulation needs to be replaced in the roof and floor. Check the draft coming from your windows. Double glazed windows will always help to reduce draft, (or insulation film if you are looking for a temporary fix). Don’t forget that thick curtains keep warm air in the home as well. For houses really pressed on budget, try to keep the heat in central rooms only.