7 ways to Green Your Insulation
Cooling and heating are already your home’s biggest energy drains. But if your home is inadequately insulated, you’re draining even more. Cut your carbon footprint along with your monthly energy bill using the following tips:
The US Department of Energy lists roofs and attics as "priority" locations for insulation retrofits because of the ease of access and minimal costs involved.
Different climates require different approaches to insulating. Several tools are available to assist you in calculating how much insulation is appropriate for your home.
Many types of insulation contain recycled materials, including newpapers and even denim jeans!
Leaks in a building's envelope cause drafts and undermine the efficiency of otherwise well-insulated homes, often accounting for 20-30 percent of energy lost through the building shell.
Moisture buildup can pose health and comfort concerns in homes with inadequate systems for controlled ventilation. Poor ventilation can also damage your insulation and decrease its efficacy.
This will allow you to pinpoint sources of energy waste and maximize the value of any planned improvements. You can either do-it-yourself or hire a professional Home Energy Rater.
This can reduce your water heater's energy consumption between 4 percent and 9 percent.