5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
1. Lose weight (cut energy use)
Your house consumes its fair share of energy! It’s time to trim it back and take control! A few simple things can really make a big difference:
Window Coverings – these keep the summer heat out and the winter warmth in. The right coverings can help you heat or cool your home, reducing that power bill.
Windows – the right windows can also help lower your power bills. Double Glazing is just one of the options our staff can help you with to make your home more energy efficient. Talk to one of our sales staff to discuss the many options we can offer.
Energy Efficient appliances – when buying new appliances, look for their energy rating. This can save you money in the long-term.
Add solar panels – Solar panels are an initial outlay – but can help reduce your energy bills and pay themselves off in the long run.
2. Get a Budget (budget for improvements)
Home improvement costs often come as a surprise and leave you in a tight spot with finances. A broken air-conditioner or a roof leak can set you back hundreds of dollars.
Putting a home improvement budget into your monthly spending can offer great assistance in these times. Industry professional suggest using the 1% rule – for example if your home is worth $300,000 then set aside 1% of this ($3,000) per year for home maintenance.
The added bonus is if you don’t spend it on home maintenance in that year – you have a little bit of cash leftover for yourself!
3. Get organised
Give your home an organisational make-over! With all the new things you and your family got for Christmas – isn’t it time we got rid of some of the old?
There are many storage solutions options to help organise your home, and utilising these can help you find more space without even throwing things out!
Also, when getting rid of things you no longer need, don’t forget that one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold! Try selling the items you no longer want online, you may get some extra cash for your unwanted items!
4. Drink less (watch home water use)
Let’s be honest – we use a lot more water than we need too! This may seem insignificant on a day to day basis, but the costs over a year can really add up.
See the governments suggestions on ways to minimise your water bill from the ‘Your Home’ website http://www.yourhome.gov.au:
Six ways to minimise water use
1. Reduce indoor water use by choosing water efficient showers, toilets, taps and appliances.
2. Minimise outdoor water use by choosing plants that are appropriate for local growing conditions and by including low water use areas in the garden design through the use of indigenous plants or low water use species (see Outdoor water use).
3. Minimise paving of outdoor areas as this increases heat radiation and water runoff from the site.
4. Wash cars and bikes on the lawn to water grass at the same time.
5. Sweep paths and drives instead of hosing them down.
6. Reuse water where possible to reduce the consumption of potable water for non-potable purposes (see Wastewater reuse; Rainwater).
5. Get fit (exercise your DIY skills)
Ok, so after our tips your house is in great shape, do need a little bit of that for yourself? Home maintenance is a win for the long-term health of your home – and for you! We have listed some household jobs that burn up those calories fast!
Building a fence: 340 calories per hour
Caulking windows and doors: 280 calories per hour
Cleaning rain gutters: 272 calories per hour
Installing ceramic tile: 238 calories per hour
Interior painting: 136 calories per hour
Chopping firewood: 340 calories per hour
Mowing the lawn: 306 calories per hour
Planting shrubs: 238 calories per hour
General gardening: 204 calories per hour
Here’s to the New Year – and sticking to our home resolutions!