We’ve got New Year’s resolutions for your home that you can achieve in one step.
Resolution #1: Make the most of your storage space.
One-step solution: Donate or pitch everything you haven’t used in a year.
The first step in gaining storage space is decluttering. We’ve got ideas for how to responsibly get rid of hazardous materials, old technology, kids’ stuff, books, and more. Bonus: It won’t cost you a penny.
Resolution #2 Use less energy.
One-step solution: Install a programmable thermostat.
The bulk of your energy costs in 2013 will be spent heating and cooling your home. Put a dent in that bill with a thermostat that’ll keep your house comfortable when you’re home to enjoy it, and saves energy when you’re not. You’ll spend less than $100 for a basic model, and can save as much as $180 per year.
Resolution #3: Beef up your home security.
One-step solution: Install outdoor motion sensor lights.
These lights, which plug into ordinary wall outlets, provide a security boost by illuminating your home’s exterior when anything moves outside. They take minutes to install and cost anywhere from $13-$145.