The beginning of February is the time when you begin to reevaluate your new year’s resolutions. What were they again?
While you may have made promises to yourself that this year will be different, you’re probably beginning to feel guilty that your life hasn’t changed much and you have the same old habits as last year.
Well, don’t feel bad! According to U.S. News & World Report, around 80% of people fail to achieve their new year’s resolutions by mid-February.
And the 20% that did follow through didn’t make huge promises to themselves; they set simple and specific goals for themselves that they could measure. For instance, instead of making the vague new year’s resolution to “go to the gym more,” try something like “I will do 20 pushups a day.” Social accountability also helps, such as joining a club or team.
While most New Year’s resolutions center around improving one’s mental, physical, or spiritual wellbeing, we often forget the important role our homes play in each one of those areas.
Well, maybe that’s changing. On New Year’s Day, Netflix released Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, becoming an instant binge sensation with people around the world. The show taught us the “KonMari” method—basically, if you don’t like something, or it doesn’t work, get rid of it. If it “sparks joy,” that’s a sign that you can keep it with confidence.
And by simply changing your perspective and decluttering your house, you can fill your home and family with a renewed sense of peace and happiness.
To help with your new KonMari commitments, here are 5 more resolutions (habits) that will make your home environment safer, healthier, energy efficient, and cost-effective, providing the peace of mind to focus on other things… like that closet full of clothes.
When you install a programmable thermostat, you can save an estimated 10 percent on heating and cooling costs (Energy Department). Unfortunately, many people have no idea how to use their programmable thermostat and so basically use it as a glorified mechanical thermostat (The Washington Post). This is especially satisfying, knowing that heating and cooling costs make up the majority of your home energy usage.
Programmable thermostats allow you to set a schedule for what temperature your home should be and when. In addition to energy savings (you won’t forget to adjust the temperature),
Smart thermostats give you precise control over the temperature in your home (sometimes straight from your phone), which means no wasted energy. Control means that you can set desired temperatures—even from afar.
Let’s say it’s freezing outside and you want your home to feel nice and warm when you get there. Instead of waiting however long it would take for your heat to kick on, you can set the desired temperature before you leave work so that you can walk into comfort after a long day.
With programmable thermostats, the price range varies, allowing you to pick one based on your budget.
If you want your heating and cooling systems to run efficiently and without trouble, annual professional maintenance is essential. We say this often because we know it works. You wouldn’t drive your car 10,000 miles without changing the oil, right? Well, it’s the same with your heating and cooling systems.
If you want your heating and cooling system to run smoothly you’ll have to perform maintenance. We don’t offer these kinds of services just to make an extra buck. No, we want to make sure our customer’s large investment is protected and running safely and energy efficiently. Also, regular maintenance ensures your manufacturer’s warranty remain valid.
Regular maintenance ensures your system works properly, but it also saves you money on future repairs. During your routine checkup, we’ll look for small problems that could potentially become much larger, and we put a stop to them right then and there.
This resolution should be easy. Simply sign up for an HVAC Maintenance Value Plan. You are guaranteed two annual HVAC tune-ups (one for the furnace, one for the air conditioner) and much more.
This is another extremely yet very important task to add to your resolutions list. Can you remember the last time you changed your furnace filter? If not, you probably have a dirty air filter that is making your home and HVAC system dirty, cutting down on airflow, and costing you money.
Check your air filter every 30 days and wait no more than 90 days to replace it. Set calendar and phone reminders so you don’t forget.
Upgrading old, inefficient appliances to new, more efficient ones can help save you bundles of money every year! If you want to tackle just one appliance at a time, perhaps start with your refrigerator as it is constantly in use.
We highly recommend looking to Energy Star appliances as they are the most cost efficient. As an added benefit, many states offer rebates on Energy Star appliances. This can help defray installment costs.
Good luck on your New Year’s Resolutions, but don’t feel bad if you fall short. The trick is setting small, measurable goals that won’t intimidate you. If you need any help making your home safer and more energy-efficient, don’t hesitate to Ask a Champion.
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