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News

September 2007
How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

INSULATION

  1. I have up-to-date insulation in my attic and my attic access is insulated and sealed with weatherstripping.
  2. I have up-to-date insulation in my attic, but my attic access is not insulated or sealed.
  3. My attic insulation is not up-to-date and my attic access is not insulated or sealed.
  4. Neither my attic nor my attic access is insulated.

Heat flows naturally from warm places to cooler ones. Without insulation, heat can flow freely in and out of your home, letting warmth escape in winter and enter in summer. Insulation decreases heat flow, helping maintain a more uniform and comfortable temperature throughout your home year-round. You can generally get the most savings by ensuring that your attic is properly insulated. This includes insulating your attic hatch and sealing it with weatherstripping. To find the proper insulation R-Values for specific areas in the home, visit the Georgia Department of Energy web site.

  1. My unfinished basement or crawl space is fully insulated.
  2. My unfinished basement or crawl space is insulated in some areas.
  3. The insulation in my unfinished basement or crawl space is falling down.
  4. I have no insulation in my unfinished basement or crawl space.

Heat doesn't just flow through the attic. Crawl spaces or unfinished basements that lack proper insulation can also decrease efficiency in your home, allowing heat to flow through floors. It is important to control moisture in crawl spaces by ensuring that there is proper drainage and that insulation has a moisture resistant backing.

Answer the following question if you have walls adjacent to unconditioned attic space.

  1. My walls have insulation between wall studs and there is insulation board over the studs.
  2. My walls are insulated between studs, but there is no insulation board.
  3. My walls are insulated, but the insulation is falling down and there is no insulation board.
  4. My walls are not insulated.

Is your bonus room always too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? Did you have to buy an additional heating and/or air unit to make it more comfortable? This could be because your walls adjacent to unconditioned attic space are not properly insulated. Be sure that you have the recommended level of insulation between studs and insulation board covering the studs on the attic side of the wall.

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Page 2: Water Heating and Water Use
Page 3: Lighting
Page 4: Insulation
Page 5: Air Leaks
Page 6: How'd You Do?