New Years Resolutions For Your Home

By AFN Media Lifestyle

It's time to kick off a new year! Start it off right with the best resolutions you can make for your home. We have come up with the best ways to get your home organized, cutting energy costs, and much more. This year is your year!


1. Trim Your Energy Use: You might be surprised at how much energy your home uses, well it is time to shed some pounds on your energy bill. A good place to start is your HVAC ductwork. Ducts are notorious energy wasters, leaking your heating and cooling air through holes and loose connections. Sealing and insulating your ductwork can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%, saving you $200 per year or more, according to Energy Star. You’ll make your home more comfortable, and a more-efficient system helps extend the life of your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump.



2. Clear The Air: The EPA lists indoor air quality as one of the top environmental health hazards. That’s because indoor air is full of potential contaminants, such as dust, mold spores, pollen, and viruses. The problem is at its worst during winter, when windows and doors are shut tight. In fireplaces and wood stoves, burn real firewood rather than pressed wood products that may contain formaldehyde. Use a portable air cleaner to help cleanse the air in single rooms. Portable air cleaner types include mechanical air filters, electrostatic precipitators, ion generators, and ultraviolet lamps.


3. Weekly Exercise: Work out a weekly plan that involves cleaning and organizing your home. Even just for an hour once a week can help make your home a brighter and cleaner place. Put everything back in the correct place and remember dishes go in the dishwasher. 


4. Cut Down On Water: Not for yourself personally, water is still great! However, water guzzles up a large part of your monthly expenses not to mention if you live in an area prone to droughts. The average household uses about 400 gallons of water each day, or almost $700 per year in water and sewer costs. Making a few simple changes, such as installing EPA-certified WaterSense products, could trim up to $200 from your annual water bill.


It's year new year, now make it the best one yet!