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August 6th, 2011

How much insulation does your home need?



Adding insulation to your home is a quick and easy way to save money on your energy bills. But how much insulation is enough? How much is too much?

To help us answer those questions, we turn to EnergyStar.gov.

According to EnergyStar.gov, “Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The table below shows what levels of insulation are cost-effective for different climates and locations in the home.”

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Is your home properly insulated?

While both local governments and the federal government offer cash and tax incentives (from time to time) for purchasing energy-efficient appliances or making energy-efficient improvements to your home, there are several green improvements you can make regardless of tax credits or cash incentives.

HSH.com contributing writer Shannon Dauphin shares some of these improvements in her article “Save green on energy-efficient home improvements, even without a tax credit.”

We asked Matt Grocoff, host of GreenovationTV and owner of one of America’s oldest “net zero” homes, for a few suggestions about home improvement projects that are worth the time and money.

“The first $6,500 that you spend on energy improvements are the biggest bang for your buck,” Grocoff points out. “The simple things like insulation, sealing up your house and more energy-efficient lighting could cost you $6,500 or less, but may cut about 30 percent off your energy costs.”

To determine the best places to spend that initial investment, Grocoff recommends a home energy assessment. This assessment will help you determine where you are losing energy and what improvements can make a quick but lasting impression on your bottom line. Since there are many incentives for utility companies to help pay for an energy assessment, you might even get the job done for free…

Click here to read the rest of Shannon’s article, “Save green on energy-efficient home improvements, even without a tax credit.”

One Response to “How much insulation does your home need?”

  1. Dan @ Dallas Insulation Says: October 6th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    You can get a free home energy audit in your area to help you determine what your best attic insulation options are. Insulation Dallas

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