Unless someone is using it as a bedroom, the attic is often overlooked, a repository for the junk we’ve accumulated throughout our families’ lives and can’t just throw away. Most of us don’t go into our attics and assume that they don’t take up energy because we don’t use them. However, you’d be surprised how much energy leaks out of the attic.
Just like heat from our bodies comes out through our heads, heat or air conditioning comes out through the attic. Most of us don’t insulate our attics, but proper insulation can save a lot on an energy bill, like putting on a hat in the winter helps warm the whole body.
Attics lose temperature control in other ways, too. They attract critters, especially in the fall and winter when animals are looking for a warm place to hibernate. Not only might they have done damage to the attic by getting in, they also might make nests that do further damage or even chew up wiring, causing potential electric outages and issues. This risk alone makes it imperative to inspect your attic regularly.
That many attics are wired for electricity is another reason to pay attention to the attic when it comes to saving money on your energy use. Unless one uses their attic often or have remodeled it to be energy-efficient, the general use of attics as storage also means that little attention is paid to wiring and outlets. Aside from the potential fire hazard, outdated and unmaintained electric in the attic can be hemorrhaging your money through your utility bills.
Check out the following video about saving money in the attic. It is full of tips and tricks to help you turn this oft-neglected space into an energy-efficient haven. Follow the advice in it and start saving money today!