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New Year, New You, New (and Improved) Energy Habits: Home Efficiency Resolutions for 2024

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As the confetti settles and the champagne fizz fades, many of us are turning our eyes to the blank slate of a new year. Resolutions to get fit, eat healthier, and declutter our lives abound. But have you considered resolutions that benefit both your wallet and the planet? This year, let’s add “home energy efficiency” to your list and embark on a journey of conscious energy consumption.

Why? Because our homes are often energy guzzlers, silently draining our budgets and contributing to environmental woes. But the good news is even small changes can make a big difference. So, ditch the drafty windows and the phantom appliances and embrace these energy-efficient resolutions for a happier (and greener) 2024:

1. Master the Thermostat:

Every degree counts! Adjust your thermostat down a few degrees in winter and up in summer. Embrace layers and cozy blankets in winter, and let cross-breezes cool you down in summer. Programmable thermostats take things up a notch, automatically adjusting the temperature while you’re away or asleep.

2. Lighten Up Your Life:

Switch those old incandescent bulbs to LEDs – they use up to 90% less energy and last 25 times longer! Embrace natural light during the day, and turn off lights in rooms you’re not using. Bonus points for installing dimmer switches to set the mood while saving energy.

3. Unplug the Phantom Menace:

Electronics still suck power even when turned off. Combat the “phantom drain” by unplugging chargers, TVs, and other devices when not in use. Power strips with on/off switches make this a breeze.

4. Water Warriors Unite!:

Leaky faucets and inefficient appliances can drain your wallet and water resources. Check for leaks and fix them promptly. Opt for shorter showers, and consider water-saving showerheads and low-flow faucets. Wash full loads of laundry and dishes to maximize efficiency.

5. Seal the Deal:

Drafty windows and doors are energy vampires. Caulk or weatherstrip those gaps, and install storm windows or heavy curtains for added insulation. This keeps the warmth in during winter and the cool air in during summer.

6. Smart Appliance Showdown:

When upgrading appliances, choose energy-efficient models with the Energy Star label. These may cost a bit more upfront, but their long-term energy savings are sure to impress.

7. Greenify Your Routine:

Air-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer whenever possible. Cook efficiently by covering pots and pans, and using the right burner size for your cookware. Open windows for ventilation instead of cranking up the AC.

8. Embrace Technology:

Smart home devices can be your allies in energy efficiency. Consider smart thermostats, lighting systems, and even programmable outlets to automate your energy use.

9. Get a Home Energy Audit:

This professional assessment identifies areas where you can improve your home’s energy performance. It’s like a roadmap to lower energy bills and a more sustainable home.

10. Spread the Green Gospel:

Inspire friends and family to join your energy-efficiency journey. Share tips, celebrate successes, and encourage each other to make conscious choices. Remember, small changes collectively create a big impact.

Bonus Resolution:

Tackle the Attic! Don’t forget your often-forgotten friend above your head. Upgrading your attic insulation can be a game-changer for your home’s energy efficiency. Look into blown-in cellulose, radiant barriers, or other eco-friendly options to keep the heat in during winter and out in summer. A well-insulated attic can save you up to 20% on your energy bills, making it a worthwhile investment for both your wallet and the planet.

Making your home energy efficient is not just about saving money – it’s about taking control, reducing your environmental footprint, and creating a more comfortable and healthy living space. So, let’s ditch the energy waste and embrace the power of conscious consumption this year. Remember, every watt saved makes a difference, and a greener future starts at home (and in your attic)!

Contact us at (858)789-0215 or visit our website to get started on energy-efficient attic solutions!

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