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Improving Your Home? Here Are 4 Eco-Friendly Swaps to Try

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Looking to update your home and want to make some swaps to help the environment, too? Luckily, there are plenty of options out there, but be careful when choosing materials, as some companies will say that they’re eco-friendly when they’re not (called “greenwashing”). Choose brands with certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Star program, USDA Organic, or Green Seal certified. 

Some projects you’ll be able to do on your own, such as changing to more energy-efficient lightbulbs, and some may require a handyman. Hunter Handyman Services is happy to guide you in choosing the right materials for your eco-friendly projects, big or small.

Easy Environmentally-Friendly Upgrades:

-Check your windows: Drafty windows add a lot in heating and cooling costs, so investing in new windows (if necessary) or making sure your windows are properly sealed can save you a lot of money down the road and help the environment, too. 

-Check your plumbing: Need a new toilet, sink, or shower head? Try looking for ones that use less water. For example, by switching to a WaterSense labeled toilet model, you could use 20-60% less toilet water, averaging about $140 in annual savings.  

-Install energy-efficient appliances: When you upgrade your kitchen, it’s easy to choose refrigerators and other appliances with the Energy Star savings label. This means that less heat will be lost in the oven and more cold will be retained in the freezer. 

-Switch your ceiling fans: Need to swap out the ceiling fan in your bedroom? No problem! You can switch to an Energy Star certified fan for an efficiency boost of 60%.

Hunter Handyman Services is here to assist you with all of your home improvement projects, big and small. If you have any questions or don’t see a project you had in mind on our list, check out our services page or give us a call at (815) 780-7884 for a free estimate.



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