The holiday season is well underway, and that means, on top of all the holiday overeating, it’s time to start picking your New Year’s resolutions! That means it’s time for the age-old tradition of buying gym equipment you’ll be desperate to get rid of come yard sale season. However, if you’re looking for a resolution that won’t take up quite so much space, that will become more than an expensive and bulky coat rack in four weeks, and that won’t cost nearly as much as a gym membership, why not resolve to lower and trim down your energy bills this year?
How did New Year’s resolutions become such a trend?
Well, this trend isn’t quite as short-lived (or modern-chic) as you might expect. New Year’s resolutions have been around for thousands of years, ever since the start of the New Year’s tradition. It all started with the Babylonians (that’s right; you have them to thank for the surge of guilt you feel every time you eat a cookie in January). Approximately 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians would mark the start of a new year with an 11-day festival that involved making promises to the gods in an attempt to earn good favour for the upcoming year. Most weren’t, at this time, looking to lose weight or lower their energy bills, but many of their deals did involve lessening their debts. This took place in March. New Years as we know it didn’t become a tradition until 1582, with the start of the Gregorian calendar, but the tradition of making New Year’s bargains, or resolutions, persisted.
What do these fun-fact origins have to do with getting lower energy bills this year?
Plenty. Beyond being able to wow the people you meet at your New Year’s parties this year, you can use this age-old tradition of making resolutions to get lower energy bills. How? It isn’t anywhere near as complicated as dropping that last 20 pounds! All you have to do is go to energyrates.ca to compare your rates with other plans and providers. Energyrates.ca can help you make the changes you need to start saving all year—and the best part is that, once you are all set with a plan, it will be a lot more difficult to break this resolution than any of the resolutions we traditionally make.
For instance, did you know that of the people that make resolutions, nearly half fail their resolutions each year, and as few as 10 per cent actually feel successful by the end of the year. Resolving to lower your energy bills this year offers you an easy way to succeed—and while it may sound like an obscure resolution to make, it actually fits into the category for the third most common resolution people make: roughly 8.5% of resolution-makers resolve to make better financial decisions in the new year. This comes in just below the more common traditions of resolving to lose weight and eat healthier (21.4%) and make other life/self-improvements (12.3%), and just above the 7.1% who resolve to quit smoking.
If you’re looking for an easy resolution to keep—and one that, in addition to saving you the cost of a gym membership, will help you to save money over the upcoming year—let us help you make—and keep—your resolution to lower your energy bills this year.