Energy Saving Home Insulation
Simple, inexpensive ways to properly insulate your home
A poorly insulated home wastes more electricity and money than you could imagine. An attic with insufficient insulation, for example, could waste over 35% of a home’s cool air during the summer. In the wintertime, a comparable amount of warm air can easily leak out of cracks along doors, window frames, and even the ceiling.
Read below to learn simple, inexpensive ways to ensure that your home is properly insulated. Taking these necessary steps can lower your electric bill and save you money year-round.
- Check the R-Value of your attic’s insulation. (Insulation is rated in terms of R-Value. The higher the number, the better your insulation, and the more money you’ll save on your electric bill. To review suggested, climate-based R-Values, click here.)
- Properly ventilate your attic so that trapped, summertime heat can escape.
- Caulk any cracks in your ceiling to prevent warm air from seeping through to your attic.
- Apply weather stripping on any doors or windows that leak air.
- Test your air ducts for leaks. Research shows that 25% of homes lose air through leaking ducts.
- Close all blinds and curtains at night, and place a towel along the bottom of any door that continues to leak air.
- Remember that the most common types of energy saving insulation are attic insulation, wall insulation and roof insulation.
In 2010, there are ways to save even more money! Most energy-efficient home repairs or additions are eligible for a 30% government tax credit.
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*Go Green* Tip!
Research shows that a home with cellulose insulation uses
20% less energy to heat than one with fiberglass insulation.
Plus, cellulose insulation is cheaper, made from recycled
materials, and poses less of a fire hazard.
Visit our learning center for more energy saving tips.