Resolve to save on energy costs in 2019. There are steps that you can take as a homeowner (or home renter) that will save you big in the coming year. Some energy-saving methods are completely free, and some should be viewed as a money-saving investment. Read below and decide which steps your family should take to meet your energy saving resolutions.

1. Use Sunlight to Your Advantage

Choose window coverings that allow you to use natural light to heat your home, but that can also reduce heat loss in colder months.

2. Choose Your Bulbs Wisely

We can’t say it enough, energy-efficient light bulbs will save you both time, energy, and cost in the long-run. It’s estimated that you can save up to $75 each year by making this simple bulb switch.

3. When in Doubt, Get an Estimate

If you’re wanting to save big in 2019 and beyond, get a professional to come to your home to give you an energy assessment. There are professional tools they can use to test your home’s efficiency and to give you the most comprehensive plan to improve.

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can save you loads on heating and cooling. Programming it to drop the temperature in the winter while you’re away at work, or to stay hotter inside throughout the summer while you’re away on vacation is estimated to save up up to 10% throughout the year.

There are many other ways that you can implement energy-savings into your new year, but starting with these few tips is a sure way to save more than was possible in 2018.