It’s a new year, and most of us have New Year’s resolutions for 2013. We reflect inward and find ways to improve upon ourselves, whether that’s deciding to lose weight, attempting to quit smoking, or finding a new career. So, why not make resolutions for your home? Make improvements to your home this year, and in turn, increase the energy efficiency of your home for years to come. Here are five ideas for home remodeling resolutions for 2013. 

Resolution 1: Repair Windows Christmas may have passed, but in Texas, we all know the real “cold” comes in January (or even later). Therefore, now is the time to properly seal your windows to prevent heat loss. One of the best things you can do to improve your home and avoid over-paying on your heating bills is to replace them with triple or double pane windows. It’s also a good idea to check for cracks between the house and the window to ensure everything is sealed tightly. 

Resolution 2: Properly Insulate Properly insulating is one of the key ways to keep your home warm during cold winters and cool during hot Texas summers. Improper insulation is also the primary way your home wastes energy, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. At Statewide Remodeling, we proudly carry eShield™, the leading radiant barrier insulation product on the market. This product is easily installed over your existing insulation, can lead to savings on energy bills, and can qualify you for tax credits. 

Resolution 3: Go green with your design choices “Going green” has been a trend for a while now, but we expect this trend to become more of a priority for homebuilders and homeowners alike in 2013. That’s why we offer environmentally friendly and energy efficient options like solar room additions. Why not increase your living space, while simultaneously lowering your monthly electric bills, by simply utilizing energy from the Texas sunshine? 

Resolution 4: Household Safety We made it through 2012 without an apocalypse, so don’t let 2013 get the best of you with a preventable household accident. Check around the house for loose wires, smoke detectors that need batteries, and outlets that need to be covered. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your family and your home. 

Resolution 5: De-Clutter Make 2013 the year that you finally de-clutter and organize your home. Whether your garage needs cleaning out or your Tupperware drawer is over-flowing, don’t put it off any longer. An organized home not only looks better, it also feels more serene and welcoming. You may even have storage spaces you didn’t know about. For instance, you can add shelves along hallways or find creative uses for shoeboxes. After all, they’re not just for holding shoes.

As a homeowner, you know there’s always something to do around the house. Make 2013 the year that you get things done. Statewide Remodeling wishes you and your family a happy and prosperous 2013! Let us know what your New Year’s resolutions are for your home this year.