You just moved in to your new house. Check around the house, look at your attic to see if you have enough insulation. Adding attic insulation can help save money on your heating and cooling bills. This image below from Energy Star explains why attic is the hottest part of the house in the summer. On the other hand in the winter, without adequate insulation, the attic can cause heat loss and overwork the heating system.
image: Energy Star
A couple of things you gotta do before adding insulation to your attic, via Energy Savers:
- Find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where. A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check as a routine part of a whole-house energy audit. (diy home energy audit here)
- If you don't want audit, then you need to find out the following:
- where your home is, isn't, and/or should be insulated
- what type of insulation you have
- the R-value and thickness or depth (inches) of the insulation you have.
R-value indicates an insulation's resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value the greater insulating effect.
Energy tip from Energy Star: 'Sealing and insulation are often the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient.'
And here's the the gift for you from the Feds: the Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency that gives consumers tax credit (for all things) to make a house more energy-efficient. Among others, is a credit of up to 30% of cost or $1,500 for insulation for 2009 and 2010.
If you want to know more about it, check this video below (with commercial twist) but- at least you learn about it or watch this one on How to Insulate Attic.
By the way, saving money on energy, can also be a 'selling' feature for sellers..