If you only have time and money to do one thing to your house, you’ll want to make sure it’s well insulated. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are key factors that waste energy in homes–so it’s important to be smart about your insulation choices.
Don’t know how to get started? Learn about the basics of insulation such as why you should install it, where you can install it in your house, and different insulation materials.
Heat rises, and where much of it goes, the attic, is usually easy to insulate. Start with that and see how your energy bills respond.
Did you know that 15%–25% of your energy bill goes towards heating water? Insulating your water pipes can reduce heat loss and raise water temperature; allowing for a lower water temperature setting.
Your basement can be a major source of energy loss. When you insulate basement ceilings, walls, and floors, you provide effective resistance to the flow of heat. This helps your home become more comfortable and energy-efficient.
If an energy auditor recommends wall insulation, it’s important to weigh the cost and savings to see if this project is a good investment. Wall insulation is essential for the construction of new houses and major home renovations, but it’s rarely a priority for existing homes.
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a modern spray-on insulation material that expands and solidifies once applied. SPF has become the insulation of choice for many homeowners who are going green and building energy efficient homes.