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Need to Save Money? Look in Your Attic

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A lot of us are looking for ways to save on our energy bill, and it may be as simple as looking in your attic.

Angie's List says your attic is a huge part of making sure your home is comfortable year-round.

Experts say if you insulate it the right way, you can cut your energy costs up to 20 percent.

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

Not only can a lack of insulation raise your utility bills, it can also increase humidity, which can cause mold growth, rot, even animal infestations.

The right amount of insulation can even impact your home's temperature.

"When we moved into our new home in December-it's a forty year old home-and we noticed the top level was much cooler than the basement and main level," said homeowner Suzanne Rees. "We knew the windows were good, so we thought that we needed some insulation."

Contractors say there are two main types of insulation.

"There's fiberglass and cellulose," says Jim Vanslyke, contractor.  "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're wondering how much it costs to put in insulation, Angie's List says most companies charge by a home's square footage.

Be sure to check whether you're eligible for an energy star tax credit.

For more helpful hints and advice, click here for Angie's List.

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