Cut Energy Costs with Insulation
November 7th, 2019 by Allie Bennett, Marketing and Communications Manager
Proper insulation can keep your home comfortable and cut energy costs. With some tips from the Energy Education Council, you will be ready to update your insulation and start saving money.
At EnergySavers.gov you can find out the R-value your insulation should be. R-value measures resistance to the flow of heat and is one of the most important factors in insulation. Insulation can come in the form of batts, rolls, loose fill, expanding foam, or spray-in insulation. Foams, spray-ins, and loose fill are good for hard to reach areas. Batts and rolls are good for large areas. The R-Value and type of insulation you need depend on where you live, the building materials in your home, and your heating and cooling system. Customized information is available by typing in your zip code at www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html.
Insulation can be difficult to update because it often involves getting behind walls. However, the attic is an easy place to start and has a big effect on your home’s overall efficiency. To upgrade your insulation, you will want to know your starting point by examining your current insulation. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, you do not have enough insulation. You can lay new insulation directly on top of existing insulation. Be sure to wear a respirator mask and safety goggles and to follow all the safety precautions accompanying the insulation.
If your home is in need of a more serious insulation upgrade, it may be a good idea to call an energy auditor. The auditor will be able to evaluate the insulation behind your wall and give recommendations for improvements.
If your insulation is adequate, you may still want to consider sealing your home. Just as sealing an envelope keeps its contents inside, sealing your home keeps warmth inside in the winter and cool air in the summer. Use caulk and weather strips to seal gaps where air sneaks in around windows, electrical outlets, and doors.
For more information on saving money through energy efficiency, visit www.maconelectric.com/efficiency-information.