Do you know how your attic’s insulation level measures up? The answer is found in a simple ruler. This cooling season, take the first step by measuring your attic’s insulation, so you can “Rule Your Attic!” Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help you be more comfortable and can save up to 11% on your home’s energy bills.  The tools and steps are simple and take minimal time. Here’s how to rule your energy bill this year!

Start at the Top.

The attic is where you can often find the greatest opportunities to increase energy efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program recommends you measure your current attic insulation and see how it measures up to recommended levels.

There are several quick checks that you can do to determine where you may need more insulation and air sealing in your home. Every home is different, so it’s important to check which projects may be needed in your own home.

Want a more thorough evaluation? You might also consider hiring a home energy professional to perform a comprehensive energy audit to pinpoint specific solutions for your home and identify potential safety issues

Visit www.energystar.gov/ruleyourattic for links to expert advice and videos on how to check your attic insulation level.  If you find low insulation levels, go to www.energystar.gov/sealandinsulate for do-it-yourself tips and suggestions for working with a contractor.

DTE offers rebates for improvements including: adding insulation to your attic, walls, kneewall, rim/band joist, and crawl space, as well as rebates on other associated improvements including: window and glass patio/sliding patio door replacement! Visit www.dteenergy.com/insulationwindows to see if you’re eligible!

Why waste energy and money this summer? Rule Your Attic today!

*Compared to 2006 IECC standards, Source: Boston University and NAIMA