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Home Improvement New Year’s Resolutions: Get Your Home Ready for the New Year

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When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions this year, be sure not to overlook your home. There are several fast and easy things you can be doing to make sure your house is in the best possible condition going into the New Year.
 

Home Safety

The New Year is a great time to remember to follow up on all those small home maintenance issues that help keep you and your belongings safe and in good condition. Change out the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – don’t wait for them to start beeping to indicate a problem.

Next, take the time to get your flue cleaned to avoid a chimney fire, particularly during these cold months when you’re likely to be burning oil or wood. A buildup of creosote in your flue only needs a spark to ignite it, so have it cleaned yearly.

Winterize

While most people only think about winterization if they’re going away for the winter, there are plenty of things you can do to help protect your home from cold weather. Insulate any pipes that are run along outside walls, and drain and cover any outdoor faucets. Bring in your potted plants and seal up any cracks around your windows and doors. You may also want to take some steps to help lower your heating bill, such as adding additional insulation or applying some plastic shrink wrap to any windows you can feel a draft at. And while you’re having your fireplace cleaned, don’t forget to have them check your damper to ensure it’s closing properly so your heat doesn’t rise right up your chimney every time you turn it on.

Save Energy

With the cost of heating bills these days you’re probably no stranger to wondering how you can save some energy. The New Year is a good time to make the switch to low energy compact florescent light bulbs, as well as a programmable thermostat that can help you save all winter long.

Get Greener

If you don’t already recycle, now is a great time to start separating out your recyclables from your trash. This also includes big things like old electronics and computers you may have replaced over the holidays. At the same time, consider ways you can help save energy and water by fixing dripping or leaking faucets and replacing old toilets and showerheads with new water efficient varieties that can save you thousands of gallons of water a year.

Tackle Your Home Maintenance

There are probably dozens of small things in and around your home that you’ve been putting off. The New Year is a great time to tackle several small seasonal chores, such as cleaning your gutters, changing the filters in your HVAC system, draining your hot water tank to remove sediment build up, and generally taking a look around your home for things like cracks in the foundation, dirty or leaking ductwork, missing or damaged roofing shingles, and other small items that can make a big difference if you get them repaired.

Resolve to Keep Your Home in Great Shape

Taking care of these minor issues around this time of year can save you hundreds of dollars in lost energy, time, and future repairs. Use the New Year as a time to take care of all those minor details you’ve been putting off and ring in the year with a safer, greener, more energy efficient home.
 

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