3 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

The New Year begins tomorrow and with the celebration of welcoming 2015 comes a list of personal resolutions. Go to the gym. Stop smoking. Be on time. But what kind of resolutions are you making for your home? Having the type of environment that helps you complete your personal goals is a win-win for everyone. With that being said, here are 3 New Year’s resolutions for your home.

Resolution #1- Get smart, get safe: Why not ring in the New Year by getting smart and making your home safe? Make home safety the number one New Year’s resolution for your home in 2015 by eliminating potential health hazards and fire risks. If you haven’t already, make sure your fire extinguishers are up to date and that all smoke detector batteries have been replaced. Also, check your home for radon with a test kit from your local hardware store. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year according to the EPA and one in every fifteen homes has elevated levels.

Resolution #2- Bid clutter adieu: As we say goodbye to 2014, say goodbye to clutter too! The chaos of a cluttered home eats into your space, makes things harder to find, and dirties up your home. If you don’t want to keep spending your free time constantly organizing a mountain of stuff you don’t need, go room-by-room clearing out what you don’t need. You can have a garage sale and get some extra cash, pass it on to a friend or family member who needs it, or donate it to a local charity. You’d be surprised how much more the energy in your home changes for the better when you simply simplify.

Resolution #3- Go green, save green: Cutting back on the energy usage in your home helps you save green and go green too. And this doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, expensive process. Little things like dialing your heater down to fifty-five degrees at night, turning off your A/C when you leave the house, only running the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load, upgrading to energy efficient bulbs and keeping those bulbs off when not in use can save hundreds of dollars a year and reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

Even if you’re not the kind of person who makes resolutions, we could all stand to benefit from making our environments a little safer, a little simpler, and a little greener. From all of us at the Russo Team, we hope you AND your home have a safe and Happy New Year. - Frank


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