As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. While many choose to make personal resolutions, it never hurts to make some resolutions for your home as well. Here, our Carolina home improvement company has a few ideas for you:
Use Less Energy
If you’ve been wanting to go green, the new year is a great time to start and there are many different things you can do to use less energy:
- Swap out your incandescent light bulbs for LED bulbs
- Open your windows and use less air conditioning; on the other hand, wear more layers and use less heat
- If you buy a new appliance, look for an Energy Star seal
- Turn off your lights when you’re not using them
- Change your HVAC filter on a regular basis
- Do your laundry during non-peak electricity hours and use cold water instead of hot
- Stock up your freezer – a fuller freezer is more efficient
If you don’t already have a home alarm system, consider investing in one (ones that call the police when the alarm is triggered are especially convenient). In addition, make sure your family is safe inside by installing carbon monoxide detectors and keeping the batteries in your smoke detectors fresh. It’s also a good idea for you and your family to have an “in case of emergency” plan.
Reduce Outside Noise
Did you know that outside noise can easily leak through inefficient windows and doors? If your windows or doors aren’t properly sealed and well-insulated, you could be experiencing more noise than you have to. Let our Carolina home improvement experts inspect your home to see if there are any windows or doors we can replace in order to reduce outside noise.
Purify Your Air
It’s common for your indoor air to be full of airborne particles like dust, dander, allergens, dirt, and more – especially during the winter when the windows are closed. However, there are ways you can purify your air to make it better for breathing. For one, change your HVAC filter on a regular basis; it’s meant to filter out these particles and if it’s dirty, it doesn’t do its job. Also consider a portable air cleaner that purifies the air for you.
Organize, Organize, Organize
No one likes a cluttered house, so make it a point to keep it organized this year. Here are some things you can do:
- Organize your laptop charger, USB cords, phone chargers, and more by keeping them all in one place. Consider setting up a “cord basket”.
- Take advantage of the space behind your couch(es) and store things like blankets, extra pillows, candles, and more.
- Use large storage bins to organize clutter in your garage. Then, attach two-by-fours to the ceiling and use them as tracks to get the bins up and out of the way.
- Use a “lazy Susan” to organize shampoos, soaps, lotions, and more in your bathroom cabinet.
- Keep your fitted and top-sheets inside the pillowcases that go with them and you’ll never have to look for the matching set again.
- Install hooks under your kitchen sink to hang your dustpan, rubber gloves, and kitchen wand.
- Repurpose shoe boxes and use them as drawer organizers.
Update Your Bathroom
No matter who comes to visit your home, they’ll likely spend some time in your bathroom, so make it a pleasant place to be (even if it’s just for a few minutes). Replace the bathtub you don’t use with a modern shower or opt for a low-threshold bathtub that’s easy to get in and out of. For a touch of design, install a bold mirror, add a backsplash, or hang some funky artwork.
Use Less Water
- Install a low-flow shower head in your shower
- Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when it has a full load
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the faucet when you’re not using the water
Budget for Home Improvement
The new year is a great time to assess your home and decide what you’d like to do to make it better. Make a list of the home improvement projects you want to complete by the end of the year and do some research to see how much the projects will cost. Then, create a budget that you can stick to and you’ll have the home you’ve always wanted in no time!