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Home Insulation and its Environmental Impact

insulation-free-assessmentWith the right insulation your house will be energy efficient, helping to conserve energy and preserve the increasingly scarce natural heating resources in the world. Better still, if you select recycled or environmentally friendly insulation products, you will contribute more to maintaining a sustainable planet.

Home Insulation and Energy Consumption

Keeping a steady temperature throughout your home all year long uses a huge amount of energy. In 2007, householders spent $2.3 billion on electricity which equates to 69% of household energy use.  Solid fuels, like wood, account for 24%; gas 9% and LPG 2%.

However, many houses waste energy because they are badly designed and constructed and have inadequate home insulation. Energy simply leaks through walls, ceilings and floors. This means the house is difficult to heat properly in the winter and cool adequately in the summer unless you use large amounts of energy. The negative impact on our depleted fossil fuel resources is enormous.

Reducing energy use and wastage is simple if you install adequate home insulation. Ample insulation in walls, ceilings and under the floor will resist the flow of heat. This means your home remains cool in the summer and warm in the winter, decreasing the need for cooling and heating. A fully insulated home will use about half the heating that a non-insulated home requires. Not only will you save money, but you will help conserve energy and fossil fuel resources.

Home Insulation: Cellulose

If you wish to further help the environment, choose insulation products that are environmentally friendly, like cellulose which is made up of 80% recycled newsprint. Insulating a typical 150m2 home with cellulose insulation recycles as much newsprint as an individual will consume in 40 years.

Cellulose insulation also takes less energy in production than any other insulation material. Because newspapers are recycled rather than sent to landfills, greenhouse gas emissions are also minimized. Other home insulation products support sustainability in various ways. As well as contributing to energy savings, many insulation manufacturing plants follow environmentally sound manufacturing procedures.

The durability of the insulation material has an environmental impact as well. Most of the insulation materials available today can last for decades without degrading in any way. Some insulation materials are also recyclable.

Information about the environmental efficiency of home insulation products is readily available, along with its effectiveness. If you want to save money and help save the planet make sure you research thoroughly to get the best products for the job. Then you can be sure you are making a difference, not just in your own life, but in the life of our planet.

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