Insulation Tips to Save Money & Energy

spray insulationThere are a range of opportunities to make money saving improvements at home. Whether you have already implemented some solutions or are yet to consider the best options available, this guide will provide you with enough information to make your decisions. Unfortunately, most people are not aware how easy it is to make their property run on fairly less energy. Drastic eco-friendly changes and savings can be achieved through very simple steps.

That said, insulating your house is probably the best way to reduce your energy bills and therefore, protect the environment. Insulating your home means reducing its impact on the environment in the process and making your home more comfortable.

Adding new or additional insulation to your attic, ceilings and walls along with using weather stripping to make sure doors and windows are completely sealed. This will prevent cold drafts and air leaks. Less air leaks means warm air will not be able to leave your home during the freezing winter. But this works both ways as well.

During hot summer months, these same improvements will help keep the cool air inside your home. If you are wondering where do you install insulation, well you should know that this answer will vary. The biggest mistake is to install insulation without installing proper ventilation path between the insulation and the building exterior.

Where air leakage occurs?

The following locations and places are some of the most common places where air leakage may occur: mail slots, around taps, pipes and wires, attic hatches, window and door frames, fireplace dampers, baseboards, window frames, switch plates, wall or window-attached heaters and air conditioners. It’s a good idea to plug these large holes.

Furthermore, locations in the roof or attic where air leakage is usually happening are where the walls meet the roof or attic floor, behind or even under attic base walls and sometimes in dropped-ceiling areas. As for the little holes, cracks and gaps, you can easily insulate them using one of many insulators on the market. They can account for 20 percent of heat loss in your home.

How can I insulate my home?

There are several ways you can insulate your home. Spray foam is a very popular solution nowadays. Spray foam is an excellent solution for many homeowners. There are several types of spray foam available, including foams with different densities. While each of these types of foam is made for a plethora of different insulating applications, they all carry a similar benefit for the homeowner. You should also seal up cracks and gaps using weather stripping around doors and windows. You can buy all of these things at your local hardware store.

Generally speaking, an insulation’s R-value – the material’s resistance to heat flow and thermal resistance – is the most important number to look for. The higher the R-value, the better the material insulates. R-Values range from zero to 35 or more. That’s why it’s important to learn how to insulate your home to save money and the environment.

Is there anything else I can do?

Furthermore, you can wrap external hot water pipes with simple insulating tape, in order to reduce the heat loss from your hot water tank to the taps, and reduce the energy needed to get your water hot. The insulating tape can be bought cheaply from your local hardware store.

Watch out for dark looking insulation. Darkened insulation is usually a result of dirty interior air being filtered before air leaking through little holes in the home envelope. In warmer months you will find staining water in these same areas. In winter months, you may notice ice-filled areas in the place of insulation.

On a personal note, I am the type of person that keeps records of everything, and after insulating my edwardian home, which had virtually no insulation at all when we moved in, and which is now insulated to conform to the latest code, my energy bills have dropped by over 60%. That’s massive, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you do the same, not only to save yourself money, but to help save the planet. Every little helps!