Install (more) ceiling insulation
With too little ceiling insulation, a lot of warmth escapes your home through your ceilings in the winter, and a lot of coolness escapes in the summer. This can be easily prevented by putting insulation into your attic areas above ceilings. For attic ceilings, this is a relatively inexpensive and unintrusive measure to undertake.
What You Need to Do
Engage a ceiling insulation vendor to install insulation in your attic. Ceiling insulation is a relatively inexpensive material; it is typically blown into your attic spaces to about a foot in depth, or inserted within vaulted ceilings.
Be sure to select insulation with at least an energy performance profile outlined below.
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No matter how efficient your heating and cooling equipment is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated, you will not be as comfortable as you could be and your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder. Additionally, if you have leaky or poorly insulated ductwork, your home might have humidity problems, excessive dust, or rooms that are never quite comfortable. Improving the building shell and sealing ducts can generally significantly improve your home.
To evaluate if this project makes sense to DIY, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_effort