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The Environmental Benefits of Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

As a homeowner, it is important to be aware of your home’s energy efficiency to ensure environmental sustainability. We may not realize it, but lack of energy efficiency negatively impacts the environment and contributes to global environmental threats including climate change. We also may not realize that certain insulation methods used in our homes improve energy efficiency, therefore resulting in environmental benefits. At Radiant Insulation & Drywall, we ensure that every home we assist is equipped with the proper insulation that improves energy efficiency and will better protect the environment.

How does a lack of energy efficiency affect the environment?

Without insulation, air often seeps in and out of homes through little nooks and crannies, making homes too hot or too cold. When experiencing uncomfortable temperatures, we rely on electricity and carbon-intensive power plants to heat and cool our homes. This increases the demand for fossil fuels, which release a large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This can worsen worldwide environmental crises such as global warming.

Not only does a lack of energy efficiency harm the environment, but it also increases home expenses, including electricity and heating bills. Air leaks are the biggest culprit of high energy bills. To reduce carbon dioxide emissions and housing costs, proper insulation must be applied to the walls, ceilings, floors, and other areas of your home that are prone to gaps that allow air to seep in and out.

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Insulation can improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Two types of insulation are especially effective in maintaining energy efficiency in your home.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a barrier material that seals roofs, walls, floors, and ceiling cavities to protect them from air movement. It acts as both an insulation method and an air sealant. Closed-cell sprays that spray foam insulation are composed of patches up spaces that allow air to enter and escape onto the home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using spray foam to minimize air leaks in walls and roofs, a typical homeowner could save up to 15% on heating and cooling costs.

Batt Fiberglass Insulation

Batt Fiberglass Insulation is composed of sand and recycled glass, making it a sustainable product to use in your home. It is also an ideal eco-friendly and energy-efficient choice. Similar to spray foam insulation, batt fiberglass insulation seals cracks and crevices so that air could directly come in and out of your home. Batt Insulation decreases the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home by as much as 50%.

Environmental benefits of improving your home’s energy efficiency.

Sufficient insulation in your home is beneficial to the environment and your bank account! Utilizing insulation will reduce the use of fossil fuels since there will be less demand for electricity. This will alleviate global warming and other negative effects on the atmosphere.

Additionally, energy efficiency will cut down your electric, heating, and cooling bills significantly since you will be less reliant on them.

Radiant Insulation & Drywall has experts ready to assist you by ensuring that you have the proper insulation in your home. We adhere to the standards set by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) so that every home we rate is in full compliance with its energy efficiency requirements. A Certified HERS Rater will work with you every step of the way to ensure the assessment is completed properly and efficiently. Contact us today at (631) 924-0500 for a free estimate.

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