Insulation

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:

  1. Increase the insulation in your attic

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    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.

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  2. Determine how much insulation you need

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    Different climates require different approaches to insulating. Several tools are available to assist you in calculating how much insulation is appropriate for your home.

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  3. Choose recycled insulating materials

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    Many types of insulation contain recycled materials, including newpapers and even denim jeans!

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  4. Seal air leaks

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    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.

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  5. Ensure proper attic ventilation

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    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.

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  6. Conduct a home energy audit to identify inefficient systems

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    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.

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  7. Buy a water heater insulation blanket

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    This can reduce your water heater's energy consumption between 4 percent and 9 percent.

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