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Make Sure Your Garage Isn’t Tacking Money On Utility Bills…
As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.
Nearly all modern homes have insulation throughout the living spaces, but garages commonly get overlooked. Because the garage is the last barrier between your home and the outdoors, it’s important to ensure the insulation is adequate. You can do a few simple things to make sure your garage is insulated properly.
First, it’s important to ensure that the door leading from your home to the garage is sealed properly.
Other areas to consider when checking your garage’s energy efficiency are the ceiling and the garage door threshold. If there is a room above your garage, it may be beneficial to bolster the insulation in the garage’s ceiling to help keep the living space above it comfortable. For the threshold, installing a rubber seal-strip on the floor where the garage door closes helps prevent air leaks, and keeps out insects and rodents.
That said, one of the most important areas to examine is the garage door itself. While installing a pre-insulated garage door can cost up to a thousand dollars or more, and requires a skilled contractor, there is a simple and inexpensive DIY solution to insulate your garage — garage door insulation kits.
Homeowners can easily insulate their existing garage doors with these kits, which are readily available in leading home improvement stores or online. These affordable and easy-to-use kits are made to fit standard garage door sizes and can be cut to fit non-standard sizes. With pre-packaged insulation, do-it-yourselfers can insulate their garage door in less than an hour, at a cost of less than $100. Kits use energy-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation panels — a rigid white foam that trims easily, is durable, offers excellent long-term insulation, and gives your garage a professionally finished look.
During fall and winter, the insulation helps keep heat inside the garage so that the furnace does not work as hard and use as much energy. In the summer, the insulation helps keep the sun’s heat at bay so the garage can stay cool. Insulating your garage also helps reduce interior noise and can earn federal tax credits as an energy-efficient upgrade (check your local energy guides for more information).
Looking for something to do today with the family? How about the Fall Festival in Highland Village?!
The Fall Festival provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate fall with festivities for all ages. Attendees will spend the day at Highland Village’s Unity Park, where they will enjoy music, food, arts and craft vendors, and various activities for children.
When: Saturday, November 1, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Unity Park (Kids Kastle)
2250 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village, TX 75077
– See more at: http://familyeguide.com/fall-festival-in-highland-village/#sthash.e7YDdtkE.dpuf
Source: Family eGuide
America’s 50 Best Cities to Live! We always knew that Town of Flower Mound, Texas was a great place. 24/7 Wall St. just confirmed it with #9 ~ Flower Mound, Texas
“Flower Mound is among the smaller cities reviewed, with just over 68,000 residents as of 2012. Demand for homes in the area has grown dramatically in recent years, as evidenced by home prices rising 8.5% between 2010 and 2012, among the largest increases. Violent crimes are also extremely rare in the town. There were just over 30 incidents per 100,000 people in 2013, lower than in all but two other cities reviewed.
Residents are among the wealthiest in America, with a typical household earning $113,683 in 2012. Residents are well educated, and students performed above average on standardized tests. Residents can also enjoy over 2,800 restaurants and 14 museums in Tarrant County, as well as Dallas Cowboys football games in nearby Arlington.”
Read more: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/09/17/americas-50-best-cities-to-live/#ixzz3DxwzWZ1P