Saving Money the Smart Way

There is really no point in trying to save money if you put it in one end and let it leak out the other. Your home can be the biggest cause of money leaching out of your bank accounts. Unexpected expenses are one thing, but when you let your energy escape month after month through drafty windows, leaky doors, inadequate attic insulation and walls that aren’t insulated properly, you are letting yourself in for a surprise at the end of the month. The monies you thought you were going to stash away are suddenly not there because of a $300 heating bill or a $400 air conditioning bill.
The answer to this impending misery is to stop all the leakage of savings and income by doing something about the ever-rising energy bills that your home is incurring. You can address the supply, as in using solar energy instead of the natural gas company or oil deliveries, or you can address the demand by helping your existing hvac use less energy to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer without overburdening your budget or working harder than it has to.
There are lots of ways to go about this. We like spray foam because of its superior insulating value. There are two types depending on whether you need a vapor barrier too. You’ll want a vapor barrier in moist areas like the basement or an attic but you don’t really need it for walls unless you are insulating a wet area like a bathroom. This choice allows you to choose not only insulating value, but air and moisture movement level that you want. It does cost a bit more up front, but if you expect to be in your home for many years to come, then you will save money every single month and that will add up over time. In fact, you can boast about your low heating and cooling bills to prospective home buyers when you eventually decide to sell your home. For them, it may have enough value to offer a higher price for your more energy efficient home.
You’ve now saved money in the present and may make more in the future. A win win.