Happy New Year to all you Energy Savers out there!

Now that 2012 calendars are up and we (hopefully) remember to use ’12 instead of ’11 where necessary (does anyone write checks anymore?), it’s time to think about the New Year’s resolutions we made and are (hopefully again) still keeping.

For instance… if you’ve been putting off getting an energy assessment of your home, why wait? Now is a good time to find out if you have cracks, leaks or other places where heat is escaping; you can start making your home more energy efficient today.

Have you put off replacing your traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones? Well, check out our page on lighting and get started! There are many options to choose from, including CFLs, energy-saving incandescents, and LEDs - and upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent light bulbs in your home could save you about $50 per year.

And if you haven’t gotten your home ready for winter yet, you can find some great information in our Stay Warm, Save Money section.

Make 2012 the Year of Energy Efficiency. Don’t put it off! You can start the New Year right and save money right away.

Drew Bittner is a former Presidential Management Intern (PMI) and the Web content manager for EERE's corporate Web pages.