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Energy conservation starts in the home

Last year's soaring energy bills left many homeowners with empty pocketbooks. Protect yourself from skyrocketing bills by making your home more energy efficient.

Most homes can become more energy efficient in both the summer and the winter just by adding a little insulation.

The term 'R-Value' is a unit of thermal resistance used for comparing insulating values of different materials. The higher the R-Value of a material, the greater its insulating properties and the slower heat flows through it. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homes have a combined R-Value of 11.

Following are some ways that homeowners can increase their home's R-Value.

Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed. Replace old windows with double pane replacement windows with argon gas and a foam-filled frame. Use caulking around windows and doorframes to insure strong seams.

Insulate existing walls with insulating foam. Foam is blown into walls throughout the home and takes up space within the walls. Homeowners can also roll fiberglass insulation onto attic floors.

For the exterior, insulate with solid core siding. While foam and fiberglass insulate only the wall cavity, solid core siding insulates the entire wall, including studs and joists.

Look for building products that carry the Energy Star logo.When installed as suggested in the Energy Star Insulation Guide, products with this logo can save energy.

To receive free information, call 800-366-8472.

-Courtesy of ARA Content

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