Did you know that sealing and insulating your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy efficient? It is a project that is also easily done yourself. The heating and cooling of your home accounts for about 50 percent to 70 percent of the energy used. So unless your home was built as an energy-efficient home, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Even a small amount of insulation-if properly installed-can reduce energy costs dramatically.

Energy Star has created a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to sealing and insulating your home. The guide provides step by step instructions and photos to:

1.Learn how to find and seal hidden attic and basement air leaks

2.Determine if your attic insulation is adequate, and learn how to add more

3.Make sure your improvements are done safely

4.Reduce energy bills and help protect the environment

Click here to download the guide.

Make sure to check your state and local codes before starting any project and follow all safety precautions.

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