Did you know that According to the Harvard School of Public Health, more than 46 million U.S. homes lack proper insulation? A majority of our housing inventory was built under codes that did not require the same levels of insulation that are required today. This means that in some parts of the country excessive heat or cold can cause utility bills to fluctuate.
To help homeowners take control over high utility bills CertainTeed has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program for its Rule Your Attic! campaign.
In its second year, Rule Your Attic! is a fun, multi-media, consumer-focused outreach campaign that utilizes social media to help homeowners understand the benefits of properly sealing and insulating their attics and encourage action, either through DIY projects or by working with a contractor. ENERGY STAR and CertainTeed have come together to provide homeowners with the tools and resources they need to properly seal and insulate their homes.
You can participate in the campaign by following these easy steps:
- Take that first step and go into your attic.
- Measure the insulation levels in the attic floor.
- Take a photo or shoot video of you while you’re measuring.
- Post photo or video on ENERGY STAR’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Use the #RuleYourAttic hashtag. You can also email your picture or video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you post photos, the EPA will offer customized advice through their own follow-up posts in the comments section on Facebook and Pinterest, and also through replies on Twitter. The hope is that you are encouraged to make a decision about next steps—whether that’s adding more insulation yourself, shopping for materials and products, or hiring a contractor. ENERGY STAR is also providing additional sealing and insulation information and resources, including “how-to” videos, infographics, and blogs, on its campaign web site and social media accounts.
The Rule Your Attic! campaign runs through November 20. For information about federal and local government rebates and incentives, visit www.certainteed.com/itool .