I live in an older home, 1956 is it’s born on date. I can’t help it, newer homes just do not hold my attention like an old home does. But I digress, newer homes are much more energy efficient which translates to more money in your pocket. Even with that knowledge, I'll still buy and live in an older home. Things can be done to make them as energy efficient than their much younger siblings…
Windows were one of the first things I thought would make a huge impact on the insulating value of my home. I cannot even admit the amount of time I spent researching new windows vs. replacement windows, and then considering the cost difference was mind bending. I began thinking about that homeowner who has never swung a hammer or worked in the industry, this must be an almost impossible undertaking to them…but I’m guessing they want to live in a more efficient home as well.
If you’re one of those folks who has no intention of going to youtube university for hours on end learning about basic carpentry so that you can replace your own windows, it’s going to cost you. A low estimate for installation of a double hung replacement window is around 350$…I can already hear you counting. But there is something you can do that doesn’t require a lot of know how, just a bit of tenacity and sweaty palms.
Insulation…check the depth of insulation in your attic. Then try to determine the type of insulation you have. With that measurement and material type, Google should tell you what your R value of insulation is. Here in Atlanta a good R value to shoot for would be 40. That would give you about a 15” depth of insulation. I’ll admit, it can be uncomfortable to install, but with proper attire and the perfect time of year, it isn’t too bad. Wear long sleeves, a dust mast, googles, long pants and gloves. The amount of information online is staggering when it comes to insulation. I’ve noticed that most big box home improvement stores offer discounts if you buy several rolls/packs of insulation. You may also qualify for a rebate from your energy companies…search “rebate” on your energy providers website. Slap a podcast on your phone, and get busy…It’s very much worth it in the end. Not only will you lower energy cost, but you will feel more comfortable in your house year round.