I was twenty-five years old when I bought my first house. It was a split-level home, positioned on a hill in this quiet suburb of the South. While the house brought a certain charm – like being at your grandmother’s house – it also had the same kind of problems that Grandma might be complaining about. The house had poor insulation, so heating and air conditioning efforts felt wasted. The need for using my furnace or central air conditioning system felt even weaker when I got my first utility bill in that place! I couldn’t believe how much money I was dumping into electricity and gas usage, all to be in a house that was never just right as far as temperature was concerned. Eager to add some equity to my home, I set out to improve the insulation. The only question is, how do I go about doing that? I began by doing some research online, and I found out that the majority of my air conditioning is bleeding out through the roof. When I went up into the attic to investigate, I saw that there was no real insulation to speak of! The vaulted attic space had no insulative material between support beams, so it was no wonder why my house wouldn’t stay cold! I made a trip to the hardware store and picked up several hundred feet of fiberglass insulation, and traveled back home to begin my first home improvement venture. Installing the insulation was surprisingly simple – after rolling the insulation in rows over the attic space, I cut each segment to length and ensured each roll was tightly aligned with each other. That’s all there was to it! I was done in under an hour, and could begin testing out my home’s air conditioning system to look for improvements.