2019 is here and with it, a fresh start to exercise more, eat healthier, and save money. Although these goals are beneficial, equally advantageous are home-oriented New Year Resolutions that will reduce your carbon footprint, help you breathe easier and save you money each month. Make this the year you really dig in and check all your health/wellness and home-oriented New Year Resolutions off your to-do list!
Choose Reusable Products
Want to go green and help the environment? Consider replacing everyday essentials with eco-friendly alternatives. Simply swapping one-time use products (e.g., plastic straws, grocery bags, plastic wrap, etc.) with reusable ones (e.g., stainless steel straws, canvas grocery bags, silicone sandwich bags, etc.) can reduce your plastic waste and save you money. The time frame for recouping the initial investment for reusable products is dependent on your household’s consumption of plastic products.
Invest in an Energy Audit
An energy audit is a series of tests – the blower test and thermographic scan included – that are designed to uncover energy inefficiencies. A professional auditor will inspect the entire residence, examine past utility bills, and perform the mentioned tests. Once complete, they will make recommendations to reduce your household’s energy consumption, in order of priority and provide you with a detailed printout of their findings. An energy audit typically takes four to six hours to complete.
Add Attic Insulation
Heating and cooling account for 48 percent of energy consumption in U.S. homes, according to U.S. Department of Energy. Sealing and insulating your attic, ducts, floors, basement or crawlspace will help you keep more money in your pockets each month. Other advantages include improved durability, increased comfort, and a healthier indoor environment.
To insulate the attic, you have a choice between blown-in insulation and spray polyurethane foam (SPF), both of which require professional installation. Because additional areas of your home require varying types of insulation, it is best to consult with a licensed insulation contractor who serves your area, as they can help you make an informed buying decision.
To free your home of clutter, start by sorting items into three boxes: keep, toss, and donate. Items you haven’t used in years, along with those you have in multiples, should be donated or properly disposed of. If you haven’t used something in the past year, you may want to think about keeping it, as it may just be taking up valuable real estate. Use storage boxes, preferably clear ones with labels, to neatly contain everything that remains. The goal here is to create easily maintainable systems.
Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor serving the greater Phoenix area. In business since 1977, we provide residential and commercial insulation installation, sound control, and other valuable services to select areas in the Southwestern and Pacific Northwestern United States. For more information on services offered, please contact us at (602) 273-1261, or at any one of these other locations.