You can reduce your household energy bill by making some simple energy-saving weatherization and insulation improvements to your home. The first thing you want to do is eliminate air leaks - then insulate, say specialists at the Iowa Energy Center, a program of Iowa State University Extension.
You may think that insulating should be the first step in making your home more energy efficient, but consider this: Air leaks through the ceiling, walls, foundation and other areas typically are the greatest sources of heat and cooling losses in a home. So, controlling air leaks is the best way to conserve energy, save money and increase your home's comfort.
The bottom line is this: if you don't tighten up your home first, money spent on insulating may be wasted.
Learn more about home energy saving ideas by ordering free, easy-to-follow guides called the Home Series. Call or e-mail the Iowa Energy Center today to order your books, (515) 294-8819 or [email protected]. The Iowa Energy Center continues its dedication to supporting research and demonstration projects that have a practical impact on residential energy efficiency.