4.3.5 Tackling the Problem

Step 3: Tackling the Problem—Do the Math!

This is a complicated problem, so a useful strategy would be to break it down into more manageable chunks by concentrating on one piece at a time. There are two separate problems, and the second can be broken down more.

  • How much would my father have to pay if he got the $400 grant and used the contractor?
  • How much would the “do-it-yourself” option cost?
    • How much insulation will I need?
    • How much will the materials cost?

Let’s focus on the first question.

4.3.4 Gathering Additional Information

4.3.6 Contractor Costs