Wednesday, January 4, 2017

10 Great New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

As a new year approaches, it’s time to think about what you have accomplished in the past year, and what you would like to get done in the coming year. The same applies to goals regarding the home, both inside and out. What kind of New Year’s resolutions might you make for the home?

1. Make energy-saving improvements. There are dozens of ways you can save money on energy bills each month, from turning off lights to turning down the heat and buying energy efficient home appliances.

2. Seal up drafty areas in the home. Winterize the house by sealing up air leaks around windows and doors. This is another way you can cut back on energy use inside the home.

3. Service your home’s HVAC equipment. Have your heating and air conditioning checked out yearly to achieve maximum efficiency.

4. Pressure wash the exterior. You can give the outside of your home a brighter outlook simply by renting a pressure washer to clean up the exterior of your house and the deck. Might as well add a fresh coat of paint or stain while you’re at it.

5. Repair the lawn. Clean up any dead spots in the lawn in the spring and plant new grass seed if you need to. By the end of summer, you should have fresh, healthy grass growing in your yard.

6. Rearrange the furniture. Give your interior a whole new look simply by moving the furniture around a little to better suit the way you use your space.

7. Deep clean the carpets. How often do you steam clean the carpeting in your house? For some, it is not very often, and you might be surprised at what is hiding underneath the fibers.

8. Start recycling. Many of you might recycle empty containers, but there are many who do not. If your city does not have curbside pick-up service, find out where you can bring your recycled goods.

9. Inspect the smoke detectors. When is the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Make sure they work to ensure peace of mind regarding your family’s safety.

10. Clean out the basement and attic. Go through boxes of items you never use and either donate, recycle or toss everything you do not need.

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