Home insulation work is messy! Its sure not like having a plumber come in replace a faucet, LOL! First, I had to take everything out of the attic and move everything away from most of the basement walls. That was bad enough. But then the contractor went to work...
attic wasn't bad. They only had to add a duct from a bathroom exhaust
fan to the outside, add baffles against the roof edge to direct fresh
air in toward the roof ridge vent, spray a foam sealant along all the
edges, joists, and around all the pipes that came up through. Then blow
13" of fiberglass insulation around levelly. Oh, and they added a
removable insulation cover over the attic staircase opening.
The messy work was in the basement, both inside and out.
wish I had had this done right after I moved in. But the electrical
company only started advising users of how THEIR usage compared to their
neighbors last year. Until then, I had no reason to think my usage was
any different from my neighbors. Seriously, have you ever visited a
neighbor to compare electric bills? Maybe you should!
when I started getting notices about my electrical usage from the
supplier, I assumed it was because I was retired and home all day. I
was using hot water more often, opening doors to go in and out all day,
cooking more meals at home, watching TV, having lights on, etc.
did a back-of-the-envelope calculation today based on the expected
reduction in my electrical bill. I'm estimating that the poor-quality
job the builder did has cost me about $25,000 (allowing that
electricity used to be a lot cheaper) and will save me about $1,000 per
year (so the payback is 3-4 years). And more in the future as energy
If your electrical company has a
subsidized insulation improvement program, take advantage of it! My
initial subsidized energy audit cost only $100 (and they gave me $100
worth of compact fluorescent bulbs so it was really free). The company
that partnered with the electrical supplier had an A rating on
Angieslist, and guaranteed a 20% reduction in outside air leakage (I got
Give it some thought.