Going green is all the rage these days. Oftentimes there are great incentives that can help you to save the green that goes in your wallet, yes I’m talking about dollars, as you attempt to get to a greener state.
My wife Emily and I just bought a house and started renting out the home we lived in before (blog post for another day). When we moved in we realized that there just was not a whole lot of insulation in the attic. As the coldest month of the year approached we really wanted to make sure we were not wasting heat, and therefore money, right through our roof. I started doing some research and discovered that there are some great rebates through most power companies for insulating your attic. Even better we discovered that insulation is pretty easy to do yourself.
The big box home improvement stores, at least the two near me, both offer free rental of an insulation blower with the purchase of 20 bags of insulation. With the actual bags costing around $11 you are talking around $220 out of pocket (although your home could likely use more insulation than that). It usually take two people to do the job effectively, although I have seen that it is possible to make it happen as a one person operation if you have some serious gumption.
My friend Jay came over to help me and the worst part of the morning was actually picking up the blower and insulation. The first store we went to didn’t have the equipment even though I had called the night before to check. They certainly didn’t score points with me in the customer service arena. So we went to the next one down the road and loaded our cars up with the bags of insulation and the blower. It took us roughly an hour and fifteen minutes to blow 23 bags of cellulose insulation into my attic, and it was actually kind of fun doing it. Bonus, I looked like Snuggles the bear afterwards with a thick coat of lint all over me.
If your energy bills are too high and you want to cut them down to size check and see what your insulation situation is. You might not have enough and it might be costing you big dough. You don’t have to pay a company a thousand bucks or more to remedy that situation either. It really is simple to do yourself, and that is coming from a guy who can do very little around the home himself.
Don’t forget to check with your local power company for possible reimbursements. It could cut the cost down even more. I spent $274 at the home improvement store and am waiting on my check that covers half of that. Yes, half! I should recoup my actual cost with energy savings in about a year. Not too shabby.
My next home improvement project is replacing my old toilets that use too much water. Did you know that your local water municipality most likely offers a rebate on replacing your old commode? Mine will pay up to $100 a toilet and will do that for up to 2 toilets. Consumer Reports recommends a great low flow toilet for $100. That means free toilets and saving money every month on my water bill! Toilets make up about 30% of your overall water bill and as water rates continue to rise this will help keep your monthly water bill in check.
Check into these plentiful rebates and hopefully you can turn your home into an energy sipping machine at a negligible cost. It will be well worth it considering the sweet savings you’ll have throughout the years.