Are you trying to do your part to conserve natural resources? Maybe you’ve started riding a bike more or car pooling to save on fuel costs. You’ve encouraged your family to recycle. But did you know that ensuring your home is insulated properly can have a major impact on both your monthly energy bills and your impact on the environment? Properly insulating your home helps keep you warmer in the cool months and cooler in the warm months. Insulation also makes it easier to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, so no more cold bedrooms and bathrooms on winter mornings.
Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home.
Simple Tips For Home Insulation:
- Use plastic to insulate windows in the winter. This is an easy project that only takes a few minutes for each window. You can find do-it yourself kits at most home improvement stores.
- Ask for a heat leak check. Many utilities company will conduct an infrared scan of your house for free or a low fee. This will tell you where heat is escaping so you know where to concentrate your insulation efforts.
- Check weather stripping around doors and windows. Feel around the edges of your doors and windows for a draft. You can do this on a windy day or have someone hold a fan outside to test the weather stripping. Replace the stripping if you can feel air moving around the border of your windows or doors.
- Think long term. Home insulation may require an upfront investment of time and money, but it will save you money and help you be more comfortable in your home in the future.