Do you know what causes your home to be too cold in the winter or oppressively hot in the summer? Your home is more than likely leaking air and at the same time, you are wasting money.

One of the best things you can do if you have high electric bills is check the insulation. How much is in your attic, basement and crawl space? What kind is it? And is there an air barrier along with the insulation? The answers to these questions will determine how much energy and money you can save.

Air infiltration is one of the main problems for most homes. It’s healthy to have some airflow in and out of your home but too much leads to discomfort and high electric bills. Properly installed insulation paired with an air barrier can do a lot to save.

If you have fiberglass insulation, whether blown or rolled batts, you’ll need to create an air barrier by sealing all of the cracks and gaps between the living space and unfinished areas with caulk and expanding foam. Cellulose does a better job of blocking air but only foam insulation offers its own air barrier.

Check out the chart to the right and go to the web site EnergySavers.gov to learn more about insulation. You can also contact Jones-Onslow and talk to one of our energy advisors about whether your home needs more insulation. By doing so, you’ll be well on your way to a more comfortable home and lower electric bills.

To learn more about insulating your home, listen to JOEMC’s audio podcast, Flippin’ the Switch. The Co-op’s Charles Westmoreland talks Insulation 101. Click here to listen.