Monday is Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than making your home more energy efficient. In this Angie's List report, if you want to cut your home energy costs just look up in your attic.
When Suzanne Rees moved into her 40-year old home she noticed a temperature difference between levels. Rees says, "When we went up to the bedroom floor, it was easily a five degree difference, and we could really feel it when we were in the bedrooms. So we felt like the attic insulation upstairs may not be adequate."
Angie's List founder Angie Hicks says, "Often times we only think of our attic as an extra place for storage but it's actually plays a key role in making sure you home is comfortable throughout the year. A properly insulated attic can reduce your energy costs by 10 to 20 percent."
And to do that you have to pay attention to the "R" value, insulation contractor Jim Vanslyke says, "R is resistance so the higher the R value the more resistance to heating and or cooling. Hot or cold. Your heating and cooling bills drop 10, 15, 20 percent every r-5 or 10 you add. A new home is a whole lot more efficient that the old ones."
Remember insulation can deteriorate over time so it's important to check it periodically. A good rule of thumb is if you can see the floor joists you don't have enough insulation.
Congress reinstated the energy efficiency home improvement tax credits this year. An eligible homeowner can get up to $500 in tax credits, which includes insulation and energy star products. Just make sure you check with a tax professional as to what qualifies.