5 Home Energy-Efficient New Year’s Resolutions

Tim King, President

North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) www.ncbia.com

High energy consumption hurts the environment and your wallet. As you make your New Year’s
resolutions, consider helping your home be more energy efficient. Reducing your energy
consumption doesn’t involve demanding tasks, simple home activities can make a big difference.
Here are some suggestions to help you reduce energy consumption in your household in the new
year.
Heating and Cooling System. As you plan home maintenance activities this year, add a
calendar reminder to clean or replace the heater and air conditioner filter. Your air filter helps
maintain optimal air quality in your home and keeps your system running smoothly.
Maintenance experts recommend writing the date of the new filter on the side of it, so you
remember when you last changed it.
Appliance Usage. The beginning of the year is an excellent time to start forming new habits.
When it comes to using the appliances in your home, there are easy practices you can incorporate
to lower your energy consumption. For example, try using your large appliances in the early
morning or late evening, which are generally considered off-peak hours. The result can be lower
energy bills. Your utility provider will have insights on recommended usage times. Alternatively,
not running your appliances, such as air-drying clothes or dishes, can lower energy bills.
Water Heater. According to EnergyStar.gov, water heaters use about 20% of a home’s energy.
One way to reduce your water heater energy consumption is to take shorter showers. Another
option is to set your water heater to 120 degrees. Savings resulting from turning down your water
heater temperature are based on reducing standby losses (heat lost from water heater into
surrounding area), according to Energy.gov. Set too high, or at 140ºF, your water heater can
waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses.
Outdoor Water Usage. Taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while brushing your
teeth are standard water-saving techniques in your home. You can incorporate several outdoor
water-saving usage behaviors into your routine this year. For example, it’s best to water your
lawn in the morning to avoid evaporation. And if you’re willing to give your home garden a
refresh this year, consider planting native or drought-tolerant plants.
Recycling. You can reduce the garbage you generate by buying and using products wisely and
recycling everyday household items. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
plastic bottles are the most recycled plastic product in the U.S. Recycling 10 plastic bottles saves
enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours. If you haven’t already, take advantage

of your curbside recycling program in your community. If you’re not in a program, contact your
county or municipality to determine your recycling options.
To learn more about increasing your energy efficiency, green products and building techniques
available to you, contact the NCBIA.
For more information about home repairs or renovations contact the NCBIA. We are your
local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of
home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as
well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you
use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you
are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call
440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).

Our 24/7 Virtual Parade of Homes!!! Allows you to look at some of our builders’ new homes
and communities on your mobile device or computer at your leisure. We know time is our
greatest asset and via our NCBIA Virtual Parade of Homes, we save you time looking for a new
home or a community that fits your lifestyle.
Save the Date – our (free) annual Home and Remodeling Show – February 24 th & 25 th – Emeral
Event Center, Avon. More info to come or go to https://www.ncbia.com/consumers/home-
remodeling-show

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