Renovations are not just about updating the design and comfort of your home. They can also be a great way to incorporate better approaches and sustainable technologies, they cost little but lead to big savings in dollars and also helping the environment.

1) When filling un-insulated spaces make them more energy efficient by considering rock wool or cellulose insulation. They contain recycled content and may reduce monthly heating cost.

2) The refrigerator in an average gas-heated home is the biggest single energy user. Consider recycling your old fridge and buying Energy Star rated appliances. Choosing a smaller size will also reduce the monthly energy cost.

3) Reducing water use and hot water bills when renovating your bathroom is easy. Install a low flow or low flow dual-flush toilet to reduce your water use by up to 25 per cent.

4) Showers use about 40% of the hot water in your home. Install a right flow shower head, especially one that is 1.75 gallons per minute (GPM) or less and you can save up to 30% energy.

5) Replace or install new windows with new Energy Star rated argon filled replacements for zone C or D. Also consider installing casement windows, which tend to be less drafty as they age when compared to slider or double hung windows.