Every new year is a fresh start; and it's a great time to tackle things you may have slacked off on in the last year. Homeownership can be exhausting, so we understand why many things tend to fall to the wayside in the hustle of everyday life. But with these simple resolutions, you can take better care of your home and ensure your family has one of their best years yet.
Resolutions for Homeowners
Reduce Energy Consumption
To protect the planet and save money, this is the year to pay more considerable attention to how your home consumes energy both actively and passively.
Active energy consumption includes electronics, lighting, heating, and cooling. Passive energy usage might surprise you; did you know that your cell phone and laptop chargers still draw energy when they're not in use?
Start being more mindful of how you use energy; you can even commit to having screen-free evenings that allow the family to get together and play a board game or read books by candlelight. It's comfy, cozy, and will help you save energy every week.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Poor attic insulation and a damaged roof can cost you hundreds of extra dollars every year in heating and cooling expenses. An annual roof inspection is essential for any homeowner, especially if your house is over 20 years old.
Take Shorter Showers
Set your water temperature in the shower to medium instead of hot, and have a timer to prevent you from spending too long under the stream. Strive to spend no more than 10 minutes in the shower and consider installing a water-saving showerhead with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Seal Your Door and Windows
Apply weatherstripping kits to your windows and doorframes. These will prevent heat loss and help lower your heating costs in the winter. Additionally, closing off any small cracks and gaps in your home's exterior helps prevent pests (like ants and spiders) from making their way indoors.
For Your Home’s Plumbing and HVAC Needs, Contact Dr. Mitch and Team!
At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your plumbing and HVAC needs, which is why we happen to offer 24/7 emergency services. For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (662) 269-0851.