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How to Insure Your Home and Save Money

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Insulating Your Home

What & Why

Why Insulate?
It's Cheap, Fast and Easy

Weatherizing and insulating your home is the quickest shortcut to major energy savings. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing heating and cooling needs by up to 30%, just by investing a few hundred dollars.

Is Your Home Naked to the Outside Weather?

You probably need better insulation if:

1 � Your home is older and you haven't added insulation--only 20% of homes built before 1980 were well insulated.

2 � You're uncomfortably cold in winter or hot in summer.

3 � You've built an addition or installed new siding or roofing.

4 � Your energy bills are high.

5 � You're bothered by noise from outside--insulation helps to muffle sound.

What's an R Value?
Does it help?

Insulation is measured in R values�the higher the R value, the better your walls and roofs will resist energy loss. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends certain R values for certain parts of your home, based on local heating and cooling costs and climate conditions in different parts of the country. For a copy of this chart, call (800)363-3732.

Go to "Batt"

At the Home Improvement Store Insulation products come in four types�batts, rolls, loose-fill, and rigid foam boards. Be sure to get the right type for the specific space to be insulated. Compare R values and installation costs.

OK, You Know WHY You Need to Insulate... and WHAT Insulation Is. How about WHERE to insulate?

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