There's no getting around it: If your house is in a warm climate, keeping it cool in summer is expensive. The Department of Energy predicts that prices for electric and rise again this summer compared with last—and that's after a year in which cooling electric prices rose sharply in most parts of the country.
Sure, you can dial down the thermostat and get used being warmer indoors to cut costs. But if you've got an unfinished attic or poor insulation in your attic, giving it proper insulation is one of the simplest ways to keep a lid on your bill this season. "It's a DIY project you can tackle in a weekend, and the savings you'll get add up every year," says TOH general contractor Tom Silva. The Department of Energy estimates that a properly insulated attic can shave 10 to 50 percent off your HVAC bill. And it works the opposite way for cooler climates; in winter, it helps stabilize your house's indoor temps to keep cooling needs in check.
In a perfect world, you'd hire an energy auditor to tell you exactly how much protection you're getting from the few inches of attic insulation you may already have and to pinpoint things like air leaks that you can seal to make sure your insulation will do its job well.
Saving money is something we all want and the proper insluation with a little bit of effort can do just that.
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