Approximately fifty percent of our annual energy expenses are the result of heating and cooling. I live in the northeastern part of the the country, and there’s rarely a time when I can go without the furnace or A/C. The people I was with and I deal with hot and cold temperatures well below zero, vicious wind chill and a tremendous amount of snow during the Wintertime. In the warm season, it’s not weird for the temperature to climb into the triple digits and the humidity is really brutal. Spring and fall tend to be chilly and wet, but can bring any type of weather. I’m regularly searching for openings to lessen the workload on the heating and cooling system and reduce our expenses. I invested quite a bit of currency into new, Energy Star rated, thermal pane windows and carefully insulated and caulked around them. The modern windows have really lessened the amount of drafts coming in and improved comfort, but I didn’t notice much difference in our biweekly gas and electric bills. I am also truly conscientious about upgrade air filters and scheduling annual repair for the furnace and A/C with a licensed business, and last fall, when the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C professional came to the home to repair the heating system, I complained about the cost of keeping the home comfortable. The professional asked about the level of insulation in our attic. Since I’d never paid any attention to the attic, both of us went up there and took a look. I then realized that our attic was not insulated. Having an severely overheated attic in the warm season, and a chilly freezing attic in the Wintertime, was really a problem. The cost of a few rolls of insulation was minimal, and our husband and I handled the task ourselves.