Gradually building up the courage

I live in the northeastern part of the country, and deal with severe weather just about all year round.  In the summer, it’s not unusual for the temperature to climb into the upper nineties with brutal humidity levels.  During the spring, there’s an abundance of pollen, moisture and the air tends to be very chilly. The winter is the longest season, and brings feet of snow, sub zero temperatures and dangerous wind chill.  No matter the season, the weather typically demands some type of heating or cooling. I devote at least half of my budget to monthly energy bills. Because of this, I’m constantly searching for ways to prevent energy waste and trim costs.  I’ve replaced every window in the house and carefully caulked around them. I’ve added weatherstripping to all of the doors and enrolled in a maintenance agreement for the heating and cooling system. When the HVAC contractor came to the house to inspect the furnace, I complained about the cost of heating.  The contractor recommended investing in blown-in insulation for my attic. One of the many benefits of blown-in insulation is that it can be easily installed into existing homes without causing a major mess or disruption. Plus, the particles conform to different shapes, allowing them to fill into cracks, corners and crevices.  The blown-in insulation not only provides an airtight seal and combats energy waste, but also creates a sound barrier. It further helps with indoor air quality. While the price of the insulation project was significant, it will definitely pay for itself over the next few years. The heated and cooled air is no longer escaping through the attic.  The insulation has helped to reduce the workload of both the furnace and air conditioner.