Put some purpose and passion into your New Year’s resolutions
January 16, 2020 by Joan Churchill
Many of us promise to work out, eat right, save money and get organized in the New Year. But if you’ve already broken your diet or quit the gym, don’t despair. New Years’ resolutions are easier to keep when they’re goals you want to achieve and not just drudge-worthy tasks. Putting some purpose and passion into your resolutions—like reducing your personal carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner, healthier province—will help make them meaningful. Here are some simple steps to get you started.
Clean up and help the environment
- Change your furnace filter every three to six months: it’ll help your furnace work more efficiently (reducing emissions) and even help extend its lifespan.
- Have your water heater, heat pump and/or furnace serviced: have a licensed professional inspect and service your space and water heating equipment annually to ensure it’s working as efficiently and safely as possible.
- Vacuum the fins of your baseboard heaters: dust and dirt on the fins can block heat from circulating through the room, so be sure to give them a good vacuum once or twice a year.
- Sign up for Account Online: once logged in, you can view your consumption history. Knowing how much energy your home is using is a great way to start saving energy.
- Sign up for paperless billing: less paper means less waste, so sign up today.
Spend less money, use less energy
Before they hit store shelves, your purchases have to be manufactured, packaged and transported—and this all takes energy. We work with a variety of industries in BC to help them upgrade manufacturing equipment to high efficiency to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. But you can help the environment and save money too by making conscious, thoughtful decisions about your purchases. Here are a few tips:
- For grocery shopping, buy in bulk: bring your own reusable containers and bags. Nada, a package-free grocery store in Vancouver, has it down to a science.
- If you are planning on a major purchase, consider buying a quality item that’ll last: I bought a beautiful used couch a few years ago and it looks as good today as it did when I bought it. I paid a fraction of what a new couch would have cost, and it’s a classic style that’ll last me for the rest of my life.
- Shop in thrift stores: buying second-hand or vintage items makes you feel good about the money you’ve saved, helps prevent stuff from going into the garbage and reduces the amount of energy required to make brand-new products.
- Install a programmable, smart or connected thermostat: program it to 17 °C for when you’re out and sleeping and 20 °C for when you’re home and awake, and you could reduce your home heating costs by up to 15 per cent.* Find more energy saving tips here.
*Program it to 20 °C when home and 17 °C when out and asleep for a minimum of 14 hours per day. Maximum savings achieved on colder days.
Improve your home with efficiency in mind
- Come see us at home show near you this spring: we’ll have energy-saving tips and information on our rebates. If you’re in the Vancouver area, use promo code: FortisBC and get 2 for 1 tickets to the BC Home + Garden Show, February 19 - 23, courtesy of FortisBC.
- Get a rebate: we’ve got rebates on high-efficiency space and/or water heating systems, insulation, windows and doors, and even new home construction.
- Try out new innovations: Are you the type who’ll line up overnight to buy the latest gadget? Then you might be interested in participating in one of our pilot programs to test new energy-efficiency technologies for your home or business. Learn more and sign up here.
So go forth with purpose and passion in your resolutions and make 2020 the year to make a change for the better for your home and the environment.