A home run

A leaky faucet that fills a coffee cup in 10 minutes will waste an estimated 3,000 gallons of water per year.

Improperly sealed or caulked windows can account for up to 25% of total heat loss from a house.

Choose low-toxic paints that are low in volatile organic compounds or VOCs, which can irritate the lungs and cause allergic reactions. Zero-VOC paints also are available.

If using solid wood for a project, select products with the Forest Stewardship Council label, certifying the wood was responsibly grown and harvested. Or find salvaged wood products at local used-building materials retailers.