A key to help reduce your energy costs in your home, as well as help the environment is to make it more energy efficient. One of the ways to do this is with appropriate insulation and there are many alternatives nowadays to the traditional, standard fiberglass option.
Insulation can be rolled, blown or sprayed and is key to helping keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It must be installed properly for maximum usefulness. In choosing which insulation is best for your home, make sure to pay attention to the R-Value. This is a rating, which indicates the insulation effectiveness – the higher the number, the higher the efficiency. Did you know that almost half (46%) of energy costs are related to heating and cooling?
Here are a few of the newest, eco-friendly insulation options:
1. Recycled Cotton – Fiberglass and formaldehyde free – great for your indoor air-quality. Made from recycled post-industrial and post-consumer waste cotton (jeans).
2. Cellulose – Made primarily from 75% post-consumer waste paper, giving it the highest average recycled content of all insulation types. no significant effect on indoor air quality.
3. Sheep’s Wool – A sweater for your home! The most breathable material and resistant to moisture.
With a bit of research and direction from your contractor it’s possible to save money in the long run and help the environment! For more information on the different types of insulation available and their impact feel free to visit the Department of Energy’s overview.