Insulating our homes is the most effective way of reducing our heating and cooling costs. With increasing electricity and gas prices finding ways to reduce our energy consumption is becoming increasingly important. Investing a few hundred dollars in ceiling insulation can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of your home. By installing ceiling insulation you can save up to forty five percent on your heating and cooling costs so it won’t take long for you to recoup your initial outlay and start seeing the savings.
Insulation works by either reflecting heat before it enters you home or by creating a barrier that slows heat transfer. Reflective insulation applied directly under your roof and cellulose insulation, such as batts positioned above your ceiling, are the most effective ways of keeping an even temperature in your home.
Another way to reduce energy costs is to make sure you have close fitting curtains and blinds, and that your doors and windows are sealed against drafts to stop heat loss in winter. Keeping the sun off your windows in summer drastically reduces heat transferring into your home. Put up blinds, pergolas or shade sails to keep the sun off your windows and glass doors and you won’t have to run your air conditioner as long or as high.
With energy costs spiralling, it’s time to think ahead and save money by insulating your home and employing other strategies to keep the temperature in your home comfortable.