Tran family using reusable grocery bags

Resolve to Save at Home and Beyond

Hoping to make some changes in your routine this year? Planning to make 2018 better than 2017? Whether it’s saving money, making healthier choices, or reducing your environmental footprint, small steps can help you reach your goals.

You don't need to look far for opportunities to make the most of what you have or to do something positive for the environment and your community. In 2016, the average American family spent more than $3,000 total on water, electricity, and fuel (propane, heating oil, liquified natural gas) for the home, but these high costs don’t need to continue into the new year. With some simple adjustments to your daily routine, you can reduce your use and keep some of your money in your pocket, cutting back on your environmental footprint at the same time. The same goes for making choices that minimize your environmental impact outside of your home—plastics such as grocery bags and beverage straws contribute to plastics in our oceans, the most common form of marine debris according to NOAA. By opting to bring your own reusable bags when shopping, or to skip the straw at bars and restaurants, you can help reduce your contribution to this marine pollutant. 

To help get you there, check out the free, downloadable 2018 Resolve to Save Calendar. This resource is full of tips and strategies for making the most of what you have, conserving resources and minimizing your environmental impact along the way. Each month in the calendar has a different theme, such as the conservation of water, energy, or gas, with a background fact and two resolutions provided.

According to the American Psychological Association, your resolutions are more likely to stick if you have a concrete plan, make changes in small steps, and make use of your support network. This calendar can serve as a roadmap for your conservation resolutions, giving you a plan of action, and helping you to add small improvements to your routine each month. No two households are alike, so the calendar of resolutions is customizable—two actions have been suggested, but there are two blanks left on each list. Talk with your friends, family, or roommates to brainstorm additional ways you can save water, energy, and other resources in your day-to-day life. To get some inspiration, check out:

 

Download the Resolve to Save calendar!

 

Looking for more?

If the strategies listed in this resource are already part of your routine and you’re eager to take on bigger savings, consider getting a home energy audit. A certified energy auditor will come to your home and assess opportunities your specific residence may have for saving energy and money. These types of audits can be most effective when there’s a difference of at least 20°F between the temperatures inside of your home and the outside air, so the auditor can see where there may be drafts or insufficient insulation in the home’s structure. In the northern part of the country, this temperature difference may be best seen in the winter, whereas in the southern region of the country, this difference is more likely to be seen in the summer. Learn more about a professional home energy audit.

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