Why not dedicate the next year to your home? Work on certain home improvement ideas and you will be astonished to see the results. Not only will you feel good with these changes, but your living standard will also improve as almost all the resolutions discussed below are aimed at shaving your electricity and heating bills.
Your New Year home improvement resolutions might include any one or all of them:
Home Safety and Security
Every home has some weak points from which burglars can enter. Carefully deem those points and improve the security of your home. Nowadays, there are a number of burglar alarm systems available in the market. They alert you the moment someone enters your home and are highly affordable.
You can also ensure the safety of your home by installing fire or smoke alarms. Besides, if your system is connected with the fire department, they can immediately come into action whenever an alarm goes off. This can minimize the loss and speed up the rescue process.
In 2012, your second resolution after installing effective safety and security systems should be to replace your old and inefficient heating system. For this purpose you can hire the services of a professional contractor who can suggest energy-efficient solutions after analyzing the amount of heat loss in your home.
Properly Insulate Your Home
Winter is here and you need to make your home warm. Improper insulation of your home can skyrocket your electricity bills. To keep them under control, you should improve the insulation. Cellulose and spray foam insulation are undoubtedly the best choices to insulate your attic.
Cracked or poorly sealed windows are also a great source of energy loss. The best thing you can do to avoid this energy loss is to replace the existing windows with double or triple pane windows. Besides, by using blackout curtains you can reduce this heat loss up to 25%.
Avail solar power packages to power your heating appliances such as furnace and water heater. Though these packages are costly but you can install them step-by-step. For example, you can buy solar panels one by one instead of buying the system at once.
These five home improvement resolutions have the potential to reduce your electricity and heating bills. One can make these changes on their own or hire an expert to remodel the structure of a house.