By Marcus Pickett, Service Magic:
Improving energy efficiency is a great home improvement goal. It can be tackled from several different angles, but the best projects will help you save money on your utility bills and help the local and global environment. Creating and prioritizing a list of projects that will improve the energy efficiency of your home is helpful in knowing where to begin. The general condition of your home, your local climate, and your budget are all important factors in determining how to make the best list possible.
Improve Energy Efficiency with Insulation
Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the two leading causes of energy waste. Since the average home uses over half its total energy demand on heating and cooling adding new insulation to your home usually dramatically reduces your utility bill. Given the right circumstances and insulation, the project can pay for itself in just a few short years and will add to the resale value of your home. Often, the best place to start is the roof. As heat rises, a larger percentage of energy is often lost through the roof than any other area of the home. Be careful, though, a leaky roof or attic pests can quickly ruin your roof insulation, and you may also need to add roof ventilation to protect your insulation, your roof, and your attic… Read more