Why Insulation?

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by Sandra Cummins, site estimator, Woodman Insulation

Today, as gas prices and energy costs continue to increase, U.S. consumers are acknowledging that reduced energy consumption is the best solution to saving energy and money in a home.

Many of us are aware of the basic energy saving tips – install weather stripping, use CFL bulbs, etc. These are all small ways to reduce energy consumption but they do not have much effect on lowering the bills.

But, did you know the cost of insulating a new home can be less than 2% of the total cost of the home, yet is the number one way to save money on energy bills?

Today it is easier than ever for builders and homeowners to realize a rapid payback for properly insulating a home. However, insulation is an area that often gets overlooked in home construction. Homeowners need to be aware that builders cut corners and your home’s insulation may not be sufficient or up to current code.

There are several common types of insulation – fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam (below). When correctly installed, each type of insulation delivers comfort and lowers energy bills, especially during the hottest and coldest times of the year.  In addition, some utility companies, like Georgia Power, offer cash rebates.

Concerned about the greenness of insulation? Fiberglass insulation is now Formaldehyde-free and contains post consumer recycled content. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper, but it is treated with a pesticide and a fire retardant. Spray foam achieves the highest levels of energy efficiency and reduced monthly costs, but is made from petroleum.

The good news is, you can always call an insulation company, get a bid, and then decide what you want to do. Not to worry, most insulation estimators are not going to endlessly bug you or pressure you into making a decision. You get the facts, then make the call.

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