2013: Your Greenest Year Yet

2013: Your Greenest Year Yet

Posted 01/14/2013

We have all made resolutions for 2013. Whether it was to lose weight, save money or stop smoking, we all have ways to strive for self-improvement this year. But what about what happens at home? The start of the year is a great time to commit to making the space you live in and the environment better, too.

This year, homeowners can vow to make small changes that will ultimately affect a home’s energy as well as the cost of bills and the environment. Those who live in Maracay communities already have a head start on the resolution because of the LivingSmart program found in each home. The pillars of the environmentally friendly program include utilities with energy-saving features and reduced water usage while focusing on clean air and recycled materials as well. To add on to the eco-minded elements that are incorporated into Maracay Homes from day one, here are a few resolutions for 2013 that will be sure to make neighbors green with envy…while saving you some green, too.

Small Tasks, Super Savers
First off, do a quick energy audit to see where your energy-saving duties start. Locate air leaks in and along baseboards and on ceilings to find any drafts. Once you find them, be sure to caulk to prevent future drafting.

Another to place to audit is both indoor and outdoor lighting as these bulbs make up 10 percent of your home's energy bills. Make sure your home has CFL or LED light bulbs. You can also look to the heating and cooling systems to save energy. Replace filters, check ductwork and insulate pipes and ducts to ensure optimal efficiency and energy-saving.

Reduce and Reuse
Recycling is a no-brainer, but there are more creative ways than just throwing certain trash into the blue bin. Resolve to look around and breathe life into old objects with some creative and productive ideas. You can reuse old containers such as baking tins and bulk jars for organizational spaces in the kitchen, office or workshop. Baking tins are perfect for separating little nuts and bolts and jars are great for holding bulk items such as rice and flour in the pantry.

And even though we live in the desert, we have been known to get some sudden downpours. Collect the rain water and re-use it to water indoor plants for non-toxic care.

Check out our Pinterest page for some other great ways to reduce and reuse at home.

The Power of Green
Both flower power and girl power have experienced popularity in the past, but 2013 is going to be the year of Green Power. You can check with your utility company to see if it offers “green power,” which is defined by the Green Power Network as “electricity supplied in whole or in part from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass.” Presently, more than 50 percent of electricity customers in the U.S. can purchase green power.

How will you resolve to go green at home in 2013?