The beginning of the New Year brings new hope for the future and annual resolutions. This year, as you craft resolutions that focus on your personal happiness and mental health, be sure to also come up with some resolutions that will make your home more safe, efficient, and clean in the coming year.
Here are our four picks for the best home resolutions for the new year:
1) Save on your bills
According to the EPA, space heating and cooling make up nearly 45% of residential energy bills. And off the nearly $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 - $400 go to waste from insufficiencies. This not only impacts your wallet, but also the environment. Here are a few things you can do to save on utility bills:
- Schedule preventative maintenance. Professionally maintaining your HVAC system can help you save money in the long run by taking measures to keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly year-round.
- Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, which can help to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.
- Use low-flow faucets and showerheads to save on water bills.
- Seal air leaks and insulate properly to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills.
- Remember to turn off lights while you’re not using them.
2) Improve Indoor Air
Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from either indoor or outdoor allergies. Making sure that your HVAC system is up-to-date and its air ducts and vents are clean ensures that the air you are breathing is clean. Improved indoor air quality:
- Reduce seasonal allergies
- Reduce odors and airborne bacteria
- Lower energy costs by optimizing ventilation and airflow
3) De-Clutter and Organize Your Home
Decluttering not only makes your home more organized, but it can also help you destress, improve your mood, and your mental health. According to studies, cluttered homes can lead you to lose control over your physical space, which can bring on stress, depression, or anxiety. This year, focus on decluttering and getting rid of household items and clothes that you may not need or use.
4) Start Saving
Looking to upgrade your HVAC system? Or have a renovation project that requires money? Look at your current finances and create a weekly/monthly saving goal for yourself and stick to it! Think about cutting costs on other areas of the home, including energy and utility bills.