Saving Energy in Murphy Texas, Saves you Money

Insulation is key to saving money in Murphy Texas!

The temperatures in Murphy Texas are rising.  Cooling season is almost upon us.  How can you save on your energy bills?  Adding insulation to your attic will help you conserve energy and reduce your utility bills.  You will first need to know how much insulation you have in your attic.  You need a tape measure and a safe place in your attic to measure your insulation.  Next, you need to know how much you are looking to spend.  If you are a Do-it-yourselfer (DIY) I recommend heading over to Home Depot.  If you buy 10 Attic Cat (Pink Panther) the blower rental is free.  If you don’t use it all, return the leftover bags and return the machine.  I have never been charged for the rental.

What you will need.

You will need a utility knife, a mask, safety glasses and gloves if you choose.  It is easiest if you have two people.  One to feed the blower and one in the attic to distribute the insulation.  It took me 3 hours to add 6 to 8 inches for an 1800 square foot rental house.  Just take it slow and be safe.  Energy Star recommends  10-14 inches of the loose fill insulation from R-38 which is a minimum recommendation.   However, Home Depot and Lowes recommends 16-18 inches for Texas.

Murphy Texas insulation

What else can you do to save on energy?

Caulking around you windows, adding weather stripping around the door and sweeps to the bottom of doors is another way you can seal your house up in Murphy Texas. The hot summer air is trying to get into your house and keeping it sealed will help you feel comfortable and save money year round.   Finally adding insulation strips around your interior outlets on the exterior walls will keep those drafts from coming in.  Your walls hopefully are well insulated, but outlet boxes make impossible get a good seal in these areas.

Murphy Texas insulated outlet covers

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