Energy Tips

Did You Know?

  • If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.
  • Whether you’re retrofitting an existing home or building a new home, proper insulation will make your home more comfortable while saving energy costs.
  • There are a wide range of tax credits available to help you buy energy-efficient products for your home.
  • Save energy and money: for a limited time, many states are offering rebates to help you buy energy-efficient appliances for your home. Find out which products are available in your state.
  • Retrofitting or remodeling an existing home is an ideal way to save energy and costs and can include anything from installing a programmable thermostat to installing attic insulation. Even small changes can add up to big savings over time!
  • Air seal and insulate your attic! Learn about the most cost-effective levels of insulation for your climate zone.
  • More than 50% of the energy used in a typical American home is for space heating and cooling. Much of that conditioned air escapes through poorly sealed, under-insulated attics. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated.
  • Properly sealing and insulating your attic can save you up to 40% annually on energy bills. You can also save by insulating your home’s ventilation ducts.

Batt / Basic

Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $0 (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)

Batting is a fiberglass blanket that comes in various densities, widths, and lengths and is cut to fit the space in the framing of walls and ceilings. It is typically used in entry-level homes and at less-than-optimal levels.

  • Most common
  • Lowest cost
  • Easy to install
  • R-Values from 8-38
  • Noise control for walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Fire resistant

Blown Fiberglass / Better

Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $600 (20% savings) (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)

Blown-in insulation, using either cellulose or fiberglass, is applied to frame cavities using compressed air. This application allows the insulation to completely fill in all nooks and crannies whereas batt insulation may allow energy loss.

  • Quick and easy installation.
  • Fills the entire cavity.
  • More efficient – higher r-value per inch.
  • Fire retardant & fire resistant.
  • Excellent sound barrier.

Closed-Cell Spray Foam / Best

Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $1,200 (40% savings) (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)

SPF, Closed-Cell Foam is the most advanced insulation material. The high-density foam is sprayed onto surfaces and hardens immediately to form a seamless bond with building components and completely seals the building envelope to create a structurally sound, uniform, air-infiltration barrier that also blocks moisture (no mold or rot), bugs, rodents, dirt, allergens, and noise. Foam is most commonly used in conjunction with batt and/or blown-in insulation to provide an optimal solution that can save homeowners up to 40% on their energy bills, ensuring a quick return on the investment and $1,000s in savings.

  • Most efficient with r-value of 6.0 per inch
  • Completely seals building envelope from air, moisture, sound, and pests
  • Increased structural strength
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Eco-friendly (VOC-free and zero ozone depletion)
  • Applied to all construction materials

Benefits of proper insulation:

  • Reduce your heating and cooling bills.
  • Leave the noise outside and keep it quiet inside.
  • Extend the life of your heating/cooling equipment.
  • Reduce the likelihood of water and mold issues.
  • Take advantage of tax credits & rebates.
  • Protects your home against Mother Nature.

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