|Throwin' It Away!|
Shortly after that, I heard a radio spot for a local company that said they would do a free home energy audit for your house. Now I know there is no such thing as a free lunch. Heck, I work in marketing for pity sake! But I figured I would have them come out and check things out and then I would just say no to everything they tried to sell me.
|Sample of Paper Backed Insulation|
This company was really different in that the guy was willing to come over at night after I got off work so it was very convenient to my schedule. He was also the owner of the company who just happened to be over my way because he was leaving on vacation the next morning and needed to do a Sam's run to fill up on food before leaving for the beach. He also was not really trying to sell me anything. He said that my windows were great (newly installed when I bought the house), my A/C was great, my doors and sills were tight (sounds kind of kinky, doesn't it?!?!) and for the most part everything was in great shape. Unfortunately, my insulation in the attic was kind of deflated, which I knew from the home inspection.
|Sample of Pumped Insulation|
Now before you accuse me of jumping the gun, I had already gotten a price from someone else to do paper insulation and it would have run about $750 and spray foam would have run about $1,800. This was sounding too good to be true and I was cautiously optimistic. He asked how did Saturday sound and I said, "Book it, Dan-O!"
Two guys showed up on Saturday on-time and were very clean and professional. They got down to work right away and were done in less then two hours. Additionally, they swept up after themselves and even asked if they should take their shoes off before entering the house. Who does that?
|Round and Round, the Dials Spin!|
Let's face it, it is hotter then you know what in Louisiana in June-August. Heck, it can be pretty darn hot in December! I have been super pleased with my $500 investment because it has saved me 300%. I know that the improvement is not entirely from the insulation and that the A/C had a lot to do with that but I have to think that even if I only did the insulation it would have been a major improvement.
Why do I tell you all this? 1) I needed something to write about, 2) you must hear the same ads on your radio because everyone is going green and 3) don't come in with a preconceived notion that you aren't going to buy and then feel guilty because you do "cave."