If you are unable to pick a paint color because you are not sure how the colors will look in your desired room, purchase a small amount of paint in different colors to test out on the wall.  Having a larger color swatch to look at and evaluate in your room's lighting can help you to make a decision.

Clean up the outside of your home.  Sometimes all it takes to make your home look and feel better is a little tlc on the outside.  Trim the shrubs, pull the weeds out of the flower bed.  Add some decorative landscape lighting.  Make sure that all of the outside light fixtures are in proper working order. 

In order to save money on air conditioning costs during the summer, try installing ceiling fans.  Ceiling fans recirculate air within a room, cooling it down without the need for turning on a central air system.  They are relatively easy to install and can be installed in place of your lighting fixture.

When it comes to home improvement, be sure to consider the best option for exterior lighting.  This is important mainly for energy consumption, as motion detectors will ensure that light is provided in the specific areas only when absolutely needed.  Otherwise, leaving a light on overnight will add up over the course of a year.

Update your bathroom to make your house feel like a home.  Every member of the family spends quite a bit of time in this room but we often overlook giving it an update during a remodel. You can do easy changes by replacing wallpapers, lighting fixtures, and cabinetry to create a fresh look.

A great home improvement tip is to invest in motion detectors for your outdoor lighting.  Motion detectors will turn lights on only when movement is detected, and will swiftly shut off when there is none.  Having motion detectors on your outdoor lights will save you a lot of energy and money.

A great way to let outdoor light inside your kitchen is by using minimal window coverings. Using dark drapery and valances can block out natural lighting and make your kitchen appear dark. Using a light-colored curtain or sheer, can be a great help in lighting up your kitchen, the natural way.

Before doing any work on electrical outlets, lighting, or any other item that is connected to your home's electricity, be sure that the power circuit is turned off to the area you will be working on.  Failing to disconnect the power and touching live wires can result in electrocution or death.

Renovate your home to allow for the use of more energy-efficient and natural lighting. This is an easy way to reduce your electric bill while also helping to save the environment. Compact fluorescent bulbs will last longer, use less energy, and provide a more comfortable lighting than incandescents. It is easy to replace the bulbs in your home with these.

Focus on exterior lighting for your next home improvement project.  Installing an outdoor motion detector is a good choice; the sensor will ensure that the light only comes on when you need it to.  Not only does this save you money on energy bills, but the motion detector is also a good security feature.  It alerts you if anyone is walking around your property.