Green homes are no longer just a passing fad. They are an important consideration and one all of us should consider in order to be environmentally friendly. Making your home a greener place to live should be the first step in making this transition. Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central lists four ways to do so.
1. Change Your Incandescents
If you haven’t changed your incandescent light bulbs yet, now’s the time to get rid of them in favor of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The problem with old incandescents is that they tend to convert most of their energy into heat rather than light, which does not only waste energy, but may also make your home too hot. CFLs convert most of their energy into light, making them an energy-efficient choice for green homes.
2. Fix Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are more than just a late-night nuisance. Those little droplets can increase your overall water consumption by over 200 percent. If you have a dripping faucet, fix it immediately, and have a professional like us check if there’s a problem with your pipes.
3. Choose ENERGY STAR®-rated Equipment
Whether you’re replacing your old windows or eyeing a new refrigerator, always check if your new investment has an ENERGY STAR® label. These home hardware and appliances are guaranteed to be as energy-efficient as possible, helping you save money on energy consumption, and in the case of windows, better ventilate and insulate your home.
4. Unplug What’s Not in Use
Finally, the easiest way you can save more energy is to simply unplug appliances and electronics that aren’t in use. Even when most electronics are turned off, they are still consuming electricity. Unplugging unused electronics can save you up to $200 a month!
At Handyman Connection of Chicago Central, we can help you make your home a greener place to live. Fill out our form, or give us a call at (312) 265-3886 for more information on our services.