Going green is more than just a fad. With electricity steadily becoming more expensive, you should strive to maximize every watt. Thankfully, you don’t need to invest in anything expensive to make your home more environmentally responsible.
In this post, Handyman Connection® of Boise lists four ways to make your home eco-friendlier.
1. Change Your Light Bulbs
The easiest way to reduce your energy consumption is to replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS). Unlike incandescents, which tend to generate equal parts of heat and light, CFLS convert most of the energy they use to light rather than heat. Additionally, these greener light bulbs last about ten times longer than incandescents.
2. Unplugging Unused Appliances
Another simple way to reduce your energy consumption is to unplug appliances and electronics that aren’t in use. Plugged devices still consume electricity even if you’re not using them! Make it a habit to unplug them, and you’ll see your electric consumption fall.
3. Fix Dripping Faucets
A dripping and leaking faucet isn’t just annoying; it affects your home’s water consumption, too. Household water consumption has increased by 200% since 1950. Small actions take now can create a big change, so fix that leaky faucet as soon as possible.
4. Invest in ENERGY STAR®
Finally, it’s also a good idea to replace your old appliances and hardware, such as windows, with ENERGY STAR®-rated ones. These are products engineered to be as energy efficient as possible. A battery charger with this label, for example, uses 35% less energy than its standard counterparts. That’s a big difference that goes a really long way.
At Handyman Connection of Boise, we’ll help you make your home more efficient. Fill out our form, or give us a call at (208) 268-0088 to learn more about our home improvement services.