The New Year is right around the corner. Are you including smart energy use in your 2019 resolutions? If you are a homeowner looking for ideas for how to have an energy-smart 2019, this list might help! These easy wins will help you save money and use a little less energy in the new year.
Resolution 1: We will evaluate our efficiency early in the year.
If you haven’t had an energy audit in a while (or ever), make that a priority first thing this year. Having a professional come to your home and look at your windows, insulation, heating/cooling equipment, and other areas is a great way to start your year. With the information from your professional audit, you can make informed choices about any improvements you’d like to make for your home. A professional audit can also provide you with free equipment (like light bulbs, surge protectors and programmable thermostats) and information on money-saving rebates. Two hours of one day in January can set you on a great path for the rest of the year!
Resolution 2: We will perform regular maintenance for our systems.
This might feel like a no-brainer, but regular maintenance can quickly slip your mind when life gets busy. Your key systems, like your HVAC, have components that need to be regularly checked on to assure their efficient use. Air filters, for example, need to be changed often, sometimes every 30 days. Set an alarm on your phone now to make sure you are regularly reminded to check on it. Other major systems, like your septic system or your boiler/furnace, might only need to be professionally checked on a yearly basis. Make sure that you note and anticipate when your next maintenance appointment for those systems should be.
Resolution 3: We will make sure our electronics are set efficiently.
The average home has so many electronics now. Everything needs power, and that means that the long-term expense of running some of our favorite devices can add up quickly. Spend a little time checking on power-saving modes and other settings that can help your electronics use less energy while still running the way you want them to. For example, many set-top boxes for cable services have a power-save mode that can be very helpful. Even gaming consoles have energy-saving modes that can be helpful. For additional benefits, consider purchasing an advanced power strip for your entertainment systems (be sure to not plug your DVR into it, though!).
Resolution 4: We will adopt new habits and drop a few old ones.
Sometimes change needs to start with yourself. Spend a little time thinking about how you can do better about your consumption. Are you a person who leaves the lights on when you walk out of a room? Do you leave the water running while you’re brushing your teeth? Is the furniture in your home blocking the vents that move warm and cold air around your house? Small things make a big difference. Spend a little time over the next few weeks consciously thinking about how you use the resources of your home. What choices can you make today that could make a difference?
There are so many more resolutions we could put here, like perhaps planting a garden with native plants come spring time. Even if you don’t keep to every resolution on this list, one small change and one conscious choice can make a big difference for your year next year. Make 2019 your more efficient year ever by making smart choices about your energy use. If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of our blog! There is a whole library of smart tips that can help you out, no matter the season!
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