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If saving on your heating bills is important to you, there is no time like the present to up the R-value in your attic. Insulation is a home improvement that instantly starts paying for itself by putting money back in your pocket. The simple fact is, heat doesn’t just trap itself. For that to happen you need to add insulation where it matters. Why the Attic? It is estimated between 30-50% of the heat that could be keeping you cozy and warm is lost through the attic. Many homes have a minimum R38 in the attic. Older homes even less. [...]
Winter is coming and it will cost you if your home is not quite ready for the challenge. If you spend the money now to tighten up your home, the improvements will stand by you and may end up costing much less than it would to repair winter damage. Here are four suggestions for ways to tighten up your home for the coming winter. […]
When there is a storm, most people think about checking windows and having the roof inspected. The problem with that is, hail has a habit of not conforming to traditional convention. Your entire property may need to be inspected for damage. These three unexpected areas to look for hail damage on your home should be obvious, but they are often overlooked. […]
Building a new house is an exciting endeavor. If you are lucky, you get to customize aspects of your home. A custom-built home gives you a great opportunity to ensure your home is efficient starting with your walls. Before the builder encloses your walls, you should choose insulation that will help you conserve energy so that you can reduce your monthly expenses. WHY YOUR INSULATION IS IMPORTANT? Heating and cooling your home is one of your largest expenses. Experts estimate that the average homeowner spends $1,900 each year on utility bills. By choosing the right type of insulation, you can significantly [...]
On a daily basis, you likely think more about how nice your home looks and how much you enjoy the layout and floor plan of it. Then when the power bill comes each month, you wonder about your home’s efficiency. Of course you can’t install a full solar system for a reasonable price nor can you feasibly switch to a woodstove for heat and no air conditioning in the summer. There are, however, a few common sense upgrades you can make to your house which really aren’t very expensive in the overall scheme of home ownership and will pay for [...]