Instead of trying to lose those last ten pounds in 2017, why not spend some time making a few home resolutions you’re likely to keep? These home resolutions for 2017 are an ideal way to save money, energy and time in the coming new year.

Home Resolutions for 2017

1. Programmable Thermostat – Products like Nest paired with a virtual assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Echo are a great way to enter the home automation market. Most programmable thermostats are difficult to install and even more challenging to program. With a virtual assistant all you need is your voice or the app on your phone. Using a programmable thermostat is a great energy saver and that saves you money.

2. Seal it up – Putting a tight seal on your windows, doors and duct work will cut your energy costs by as much as $200 a year. If you’re living in newly built home you don’t have to worry about this, but if you live in an older home with older windows, doors and duct work, you’ll need to tighten things up a bit. A little bit if insulation goes a long way to saving you energy.

3. Budget for Home Improvements and Emergencies – Appliances break down. In fact most appliances don’t last as long as they used to because of sophisticated computers they come with. That means fixing things yourself isn’t as easy as it was before, you’ll probably need a repair specialist for any breakdowns. It’s going to happen at some point so budget for a broken washing machine or HVAC system. You’ll be thankful you did.

4. Safety First – Make sure you home is safe and sound. If you didn’t change the batteries to your smoke detectors in October, now is the time do it. While you’re at it check for radon too (February is Radon Detection Month so you’ll have a head start). Clean out the lint from all the nooks and crannies in the dryer including the ductwork leaving the house. If your home was built before 1978, check for lead paint.

From all of us at Morning Star Builders, we hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!