Broken Resolutions? Replace Them With These Resolutions for Homeowners Instead
Anette Brown on 20 Jan 2021
Here we all are, well into January and for many of us, those New Year’s resolutions to exercise daily, avoid processed foods and curb our online shopping have faded from memory.
Forget those hard-to-keep promises. If you’re a homeowner, replace broken New Year’s resolutions with some you can keep—and that will pay off all year long and beyond.
1. Save on your energy bill
Arizona is a leading solar energy state, but even if you aren’t ready to go all in and install solar panels, there are other ways you can save on your energy bill. One of the most helpful steps you can take is to conduct an energy audit:
- Are lights being left on in rooms, even when no one is in there? Get in the habit of turning off lights and encourage your family to do the same.
- Is electricity being wasted by powering things that aren’t current being used, such as the coffee pot, toaster or laptop? Unplug gadgets that don’t need charging or aren’t in use. Fact: every year, Americans waste $19 billion powering electronics and devices unnecessarily.
- Check for air leaks around your windows and doors. Caulk any drafty areas. Replace old windows with more energy efficient ones.
- Give your HVAC a check-up to be sure it is able to operate optimally. If you have an old model, you may want to consider an upgrade.
2. Adopt a new routine
Put your homeowner resolution to work by making a pact to declutter this year. The best way to tackle housecleaning tasks is incrementally. Once you’ve got things back in order, make it a daily habit to go through the house every evening before turning in and be sure everything is back in its place, clothes are put away, countertops are clear, and sinks and stovetop are clean.
Tackling one room at a time, do a deep clean. Don’t forget your outdoor living space! Wash windows, give appliances a deep cleaning, launder linens, clean baseboards—basically ceiling to floor. Focusing on one room at a time, even if you have to stretch it over a series of weekends, will keep the project manageable.
Keep clutter at bay by adapting a “less stuff, more happiness” attitude.
3. Put safety first
If you didn’t check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors last fall, now is a good time to do so. Replace old units. Smoke alarms typically have a lifespan of 7-10 years; carbon monoxide detectors, 5-7 years.
Check stairways inside and out for loose rails and steps.
Consider installing motion-sensing floodlights outside your garage area or the backyard to keep you safer and deter criminals.
Lint is highly combustible, which is why dryer traps cause more than 15,000 fires every year. Make sure yours is clean, then vow to keep it that way.
4. Plan something bigger
The year is still fresh, so what else will you do for your home this year? Is it time for a new roof? Maybe a landscaping upgrade or an outdoor kitchen? Maybe you’ve outgrown your home and need an addition—or a new house.
Whatever it is, choose a project or two, and resolve to knock them off your list in 2021. The satisfaction will be well worth it.