(NEWS CENTER) - Are you still reeling from your home heating bills this past winter? If so... Maybe that's just the incentive you need to make your home more energy efficient for *next* winter.

The folks at "Angie's List" say a great place to start is your attic.

When Suzanne Rees moved into this forty year old home back in December, she noticed that the upstairs rooms were a little on the chilly side... Even when the downstairs was nice and warm.

"There was a noticeable difference - our previous home was a single story home, and being on a multi-level home, there was a noticeable difference when we walked up the stairs. When we went up to the bedroom floor, it was easily a five degree difference, and we could really feel it when we were in the bedrooms. So we felt like the attic insulation upstairs may not be adequate."

Angie Hicks says"Often times we only think of our attic as an extra place for storage but it's actually plays a key role in making sure you home is comfortable throughout the year. A properly insulated attic can reduce your energy costs by 10 to 20 percent."

How do you know if you have enough insulation in your attic?

Hicks says: " "Insulation can deteriorate over time so it's important for you to check it periodically. A good rule of thumb is if you can see the floor joists, you don't have enough insulation."

Next, you have to decide what type of insulation is best for your situation.

An Insulation Contractors says: "There's fiberglass and cellulose. That's basically the two. Fiberglass is white and cellulose is gray, but it's denser so we think cellulose is a little bit tighter, especially on older houses."

"If you would like to add or update insulation in your home you're going to be hiring an insulation contractor. Talk to them about what you house needs. They are going to talk to about the R value that's in your home and what's recommended for your region of the country."

"R value is the resistance to heating and cooling of loss to where there is cold or heat. R is resistance so the higher the R value the more resistance to heating and or cooling. Hot or cold."

Here in the Northeast.. It's recommended that our attics be insulated to an R-value of 50-to-60., not surprisingly... Among the highest in the country.

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