It’s a new year so why not make some resolutions for the home? The new year is a great time to try new things, get organized and work to make your home more energy efficient. Innovation in the home is taking off. Everywhere you look there are new smart products entering the market that can be activated and managed all from your smart phone or tablet. It’s never been easier to manage all the various appliances and other helpful products in your home than it is now. And, it’s only going to get better.
You may never need an alert that lets you know the water in your shower is at the optimal temperature, but having adjustable lights, and having the option to shut your garage door remotely will come in handy. These resolutions for the home are ideas and actions we should all be implementing to make the most of our home, and to save energy.
Resolutions for the Home
- Safety First – Make sure you home is safe and sound. If you didn’t change the batteries to your smoke detectors in October, now is the time do it. While you’re at it check for radon too (January is Radon Detection Month so you’ll have a head start). Clean out the lint from all the nooks and crannies in the dryer including the ductwork leaving the house. If your home was built before 1978, check for lead paint.
- Seal it up – Putting a tight seal on your windows, doors and duct work will cut your energy costs by as much as $200 a year. If you’re living in newly built home you don’t have to worry about this, but if you live in an older home with older windows, doors and duct work, you’ll need to tighten things up a bit. A little bit if insulation goes a long way to saving you energy.
- Programmable Thermostat – Products like Nest paired with a virtual assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Echo are a great way to enter the home automation market. Most programmable thermostats are difficult to install and even more challenging to program. With a virtual assistant all you need is your voice or the app on your phone. Using a programmable thermostat is a great energy saver and that saves you money.
- Budget for Home Improvements and Emergencies – Appliances don’t last as long as they used to, they will eventually break down. In fact most appliances don’t last as long as they used to because of sophisticated computers they come with. That means fixing things yourself isn’t as easy as it was before, you’ll probably need a repair specialist for any breakdowns. It’s going to happen at some point so budget for a broken washing machine or HVAC system. You’ll be thankful you did.
- De-Clutter – De-cluttering the house can free up mental space as well as physical space. Clutter is overwhelming and it is distracting so make the best of the new year and get rid of it now while you’re really motivated. If you aren’t sure where to begin the de-cluttering process then pick up a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing