Insulating your home not only makes it
warm and cozy to live in, but it saves money on your utility bills.
Insulating your homes fits right in with
simple living, as most people who want to live a simple lifestyle are
environmentally conscious and donít want to use more energy than necessary.
Most of us also need to save money on our utility bills.
Your home needs insulation in several
areas. The insulation in your attic is extremely effective, and should be
your first priority. Crawl spaces under houses come next. There are
several things you can do under your home to give it good insulation. You
can wrap your heating ducts, wrap water pipes, put insulation under your
floorboards, and you should cover the ground with a sheet of heavy plastic.
You should also have insulation in your
walls. If you live in an older home, you can have it blown into the empty
space between the framing.
The easiest way to insulate your home is
to have other people do it. This can actually be less expensive than doing
it yourself. The key is to watch for rebates.
Your utility company should have a
website. When state and federal rebates become available, be first in line
to take advantage of them, as they are often limited in number.
We saved hundred of dollars by having
one of our energy companyís preferred contractors wrap all our ductwork
under our home. They did a great job. After they were done, the utility
company came to inspect it. They found a spot they missed, and the
contractors came back to fix it. Then the utility company sent out someone
to test the vents to see how good they were sealed. We had all this service
done, and it didnít cost us a cent.
These rebates are usually limited in
both time and number. If you wait to see them in your utility bill, you may
miss out. That is why you must be diligent in checking the website each
Federal rebates usually come in the form
of a tax credit and run the entire year for qualifying work that you have
had done on your house during the allotted period.
Always get multiple bids for insulation
services. Be aware that if your utility company is offering rebates, unless
the estimator represents a preferred contractor of your utility company, it
is not in their interest to tell you about any free or reduced offers from
your utility company.