2014 has arrived and it’s that time when we try to uphold our New Year’s resolutions. In the race for our personal goals, we often forget about the home we live in. For 2014, here are some home resolutions you might be interested in:
Cutting energy use can save you a lot of money this year. You can start by replacing your light bulbs with LED lights. These use a quarter as much energy as traditional light bulbs. Another step you can take is to install solar panels on your home. These can cut down your spending on electricity tremendously. Finally, make sure that your appliances are all energy saving appliances. If not, it may be time to look in the budget and make purchases.
With a lot of pollutants and dust around Austin, air quality indoors can play a major factor in your health. Take a few steps to improve your indoor air quality this year. Get your HVAC system checked out and filtered. Be sure that your home has proper ventilation for cooking fumes. And get some air filters to purify the air in individual rooms.
If you want to spend more time with your family this year, you can use home improvement as a tool to bring the family together. Every member of the family, no matter how young, can have a small role in the projects. When you teach others how to improve their homes, everyone can take a bit of satisfaction in the completed projects.
Since Texas is one of the states with the lowest supply of fresh water, its ever important to monitor water use. There are a few ways that you can limit your spending on water this year. Switching to low flow taps can save a lot of water on your showers and sinks. Running the dishwasher only when it’s full can help. And getting a specialist to tweak your lawn watering schedule can make a big difference too. Finally, try your best to keep the faucets on only when you’re using them — don’t let the water run for the entire time that you’re brushing your teeth.
If you’re tearing your hair out with the lack of storage space, maybe it’s time to start getting rid of clutter. Try new storage solutions, like installing a high shelf between the walls of a narrow hallway or purchasing a shoe organizer. Go through which items in your closet and see if you still need them. If not, it’s time to toss them away. Start the new year fresh!
By supporting your community, you can make your home and neighborhood an even more enjoyable place to be. Try joining some projects to green up your surroundings, such as a local garden or tree planting project. Or, join the neighborhood watch and help keep your street safe. You’re sure to meet some new friends in the neighborhood and become even more attached to your home.
This New Year, create a home that you’re prouder than ever to own. You may choose to improve the looks of your house, or you may choose to save some money in your home, but either type of resolution is sure to bring you a lot of satisfaction. So choose one of the New Years resolutions above and make your home happy.
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