Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weatherization Series-Insulation

Back in February, 
we posted about the weatherization program.
We had applied for this program to help with improvements
to our home that we couldn't afford to do ourselves.
The contractors have started scheduling appointments,
so we thought we'd share what they've done.
This will be a series for the next few weeks on Thursday.

The first contractor to assist us in saving on our power bills
was the insulation expert.

This is what our attic looked like before they started.
Our home is about 8 years old
and there was a good bit of insulation there already.

This is the monster that helps blow the insulation into the attic.

They were going for a rating of R-30,
which is the standard requirement for saving energy.
You can read more about that here.

The hopper is filled with the cotton-candy looking stuff,

and blown through a hose into the nooks and crannies of the attic.

They also blew it in from another crawl space in the laundry room.

Here's how it looked after they finished.
The whole process took about an hour.
We're actually looking forward to getting our next power bill
just to see what a difference it made.

Every county in the United States is supposed to have the program. You can find out if you qualify for the 
weatherization assistance program here.

Next week:  Central A/C-Heater maintenance


  1. Can you imagine the energy saved in just one year if everyone did that? Boggles the mind!
    Hope it makes a good difference on your utilities.
    We had some weird "wooly" stuff put in that sticks to the ceilings. Weird stuff, but seems to do the trick. We didn't need much in the walls---18 inches of stone, ya know. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter.

    1. Wouldn't that be fantastic!
      Hey, whatever works!

  2. I am sad because we don't have any attics to do that too :( We are in a cape cod so the only thing between my bedroom and the outside world is the roof. We have insulation between the walls (inside and outside) but there is nothing else in there put it in. We are lucky to have stone walls so the house does keep the temperature pretty well maintained but I would love more insulation spaces!

    1. Sounds like stone houses are great for energy conservation. Have a good weekend!


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