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Serious about Home Energy Savings? Do This First.

Home Energy Savings PhotoIt’s fair to say that we all want to save energy to lower our utility bills. But what can we do that will make the most impact for the lowest investment? The answer is insulation. According to the US Department of Energy, if you spend $9,000 to $12,000 on windows, you’ll save 7% to 15% on your energy bill. But if you spend around $1,000- $1,500 for new insulation, proper caulking, and sealing, you’ll save 10% to 20% on your energy bill. So while replacing your windows will save energy, it’s not the first thing you should do to see the greatest savings.

Adding Insulation Gives You the Most Bang for Your Buck

This makes sense because at A+ Insulation, we know that insulation makes up for 70% of the total heat gain and loss in your home. The Department of Energy starts its whole discussion of energy saving in the home with insulation. While houses may have a variety of ways they are heated and cooled, insulation always provides tremendous energy savings. Luckily, insulation installation is one of the least expensive ways to achieve these energy savings.

Almost All Homes Can Use More Insulation

According to Energy.gov, unless your home was built especially with energy efficiency in mind, most homeowners can reduce energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than modern homes, but even adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within a few years. An energy assessment can tell you exactly where you need more insulation to reduce your energy bills.

Beyond Attic and Wall Insulation

If you’re serious about reducing your energy bills, there are a couple of other things you can do that will help. First, caulk and seal all air leaks including where plumbing and electric lines come into your home as well as adding new weather stripping to your windows and doors. Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your home’s ductwork for leaks and give you an HVAC tune-up. Make sure you are using a programmable thermostat. Replace all of your old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. And finally, reduce the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees from the normal 140 degrees and wrap any old water heaters with insulating material.

There are lots of ways to save money on energy bills, but if you think your home could use more insulation, (and most can) that’s the best place to start. Give A+ Insulation a call to schedule a free home energy evaluation to see how much you can save. We‘ll show you where you can make the changes that will affect your bills the most. Call 913-281-2250 or 816-268-7511 today.

Stop Guessing and Get a Free Home Energy Evaluation

Home Energy Evaluation PhotoIf we asked you if your home has enough insulation, what would you say? “I assume so.”? Have you ever gone up to your attic and looked? How do you know how much is enough? How do you check your walls? What about your basement or crawl space? Don’t feel bad. Most Kansas City area homeowners don’t know whether their home has enough insulation or not. But there’s a simple solution – a free home energy evaluation from A+ Insulation.

Most KC Area Homes Don’t Have Enough Insulation

What we do know, here at A+ Insulation, is that when your home was built, the insulation installed was only the amount required by the building code. And while every little bit of insulation helps, consider that according to the EPA’s Energy Star website, heating and cooling accounts for about half of your energy bills. Sadly, there’s a lot more you can do to lower those bills. Adding insulation to your home is an investment that will pay you back in a number of years and make your home feel cozier too. Check out our Home Insulation Savings Calculator on our website. Once you pay off the insulation installation, the rest of the savings are gravy for as long as you live in your home.

A+ Offers Free Home Energy Evaluations

Let A+ Insulation come give you a free home energy evaluation. We’ll be able to tell you where you can make the changes that will affect your bills the most. We offer many different kinds of insulation from rolled fiberglass to BIBs (blown in blanket) to spray foam. Each has different pros and cons. Let us help you decide which kind is best for your home and your budget and which will make the most sense for return on investment (ROI). We do this every day and we can give you the information you need to make the most informed decision.

Not Moving Soon? Call Us and Start Saving Today

If you have no plans to move for the next five years, you owe it to yourself to find out how much you can save by properly insulating your Kansas City home. It’s free, so call us and get informed about your home’s energy efficiency. Call 913-281-2250 or 816-268-7511 to schedule your free evaluation today.