Archive for March, 2011

Everyone is looking for a way to save money and one of the best ways to cut costs is on your energy bill. By installing new insulation, you can enjoy savings of up to 30% on your monthly utility bill.

If you’re looking for a way to drastically cut your energy costs, consider insulating your attic loft. Most people don’t realize the significant amount of heat that’s lost through an un-insulated attic – this number can be as high as 30% of your heating bill.

Think about that. If your bill is $180 per month in the winter, you’re literally throwing away $54 each month. Over the course of a year, you will be out almost $650. For most of us, $650 is nothing to sneeze at. By installing new insulation in your attic, you could effectively save three and half months’ worth of utility bills.

Imagine not paying your utility bill for three and a half months! If this sounds good to you, you’ll be happy to know that the process of installing new insulation is quite easy. In fact, you can do it yourself without hiring a contractor. All you have to invest is a little bit of research time, your upfront yearly energy savings and a weekend of easy labor. Yes, the upfront cost can be a little off-putting, but the good news is that this is a cost that’s also deductible on your yearly taxes. It’s a win-win!

Now that you’ve made the decision, you must think about what material you will use to insulate your space. Most people choose to use fiberglass or cellulose in their attic. Either is an acceptable choice, as it will accomplish the goal of keeping heat inside your home. However, you might also consider reflective foil, or radiant barrier as it is sometimes called. Radiant barrier is used in conjunction with regular insulation to keep unwanted air out and heated and cooled air inside.

Once the job is complete, you will begin enjoying savings immediately. Within a short period of time, you will have made up the cost of installing the insulation and everything from there will be money in your pocket.