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Conservation Tips

Should I insulate my home?
The answer is probably "yes" if you:
  • Have an older home and have not added insulation. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated.
  • Are uncomfortably cold in the winter or hot in the summer. Adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort.
  • Build a new home, addition, or install new siding or roofing.
  • Pay high energy bills.
  • Are bothered by noise from outside. Insulation muffles sound.
Insulation Tips
  • Use higher density insulation, such as dense packed cellulose, in cathedral ceilings and on exterior walls.
  • Ventilation plays a large role in providing moisture control and reducing summer cooling bills. Attic vents can be installed along the entire celing cavity to help ensure proper airflow from the soffit to the attic to make a home more comfortable and energy efficient. Check with a qualified contractor.
  • Recess light fixtures can be a major source of heat loss, but you need to be careful how close you place insulation next to a fixture unless it is marked IC, designed for direct insulation contact. Check your local building codes for recommendations.
Cold-Climate Window Tips
  • You can use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Remember, the plastic must be sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherization.
  • Close your curtains and shades at night; open them during the day.
  • Keep windows on the south side of your house clean to let in the winter sun.
Shopping Tips for Windows
  • Look for the energy star.
  • When you are shopping for new windows, look for the National Fenestration Rating Council label; it means the windows performance is certified.
  • Remember, the lower the U value the better the insulation. In colder climates, a U value of 0.35 or below is recommended. These windows have at least double glazing and a low-e coating.
  • Select windows with air leakage ratings of 0.3 cubic feet per minute or less.
  • Remember that new windows must be installed correctly to avoid air leaks around the frame. Look for a reputable, qualified installer.
How does the air escape?
Air infiltrates into and out of your home through every hole, nook, and cranny. About one-third of this air infiltrates through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors.

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed specifically for smoke to escape, so until you close it, warm air escapes - 24 hours a day.

Long-Term Savings Tips
  • One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic. Adding insulation to the attic is relatively easy and very cost effective. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the thickness of the insulation. If it is less than R22 (7 inches of fiber glass or rock wool or 6 inches of cellulose), you could probably benefit by adding more. Most U.S. homes should have between R22 and R49 insulation in the attic.
  • And finally, hire a trained professional weatherization contractor who will properly insulate your home!!!