Incentives and Tax Credits for installing insulation
Both the Federal Government and local utility companies have provided incentives to better insulate your home. Check with your local utility company about their programs that will allow you to insulate your home and receive even more benefits than “just” savings on your monthly bills. Due to ever changing legislation please follow this link http://www.energystar.gov/ to the Department of Energy to find out what opportunities are currently available.
Cellulose Insulation is one of the greenest building products available today.
It's made from recycled newspaper and takes less energy to make than any other insulating product. It has a boric acid that helps prevent bugs, but is still safe to humans. Fiberglass takes 10 times more energy to produce and has well-documented public health threats.
Below is a phone book ad picture of Hap's daughter (then age 1) eating Happy Home Insulation's cellulose insulation that was sent in to the Tonight Show.
* Jay Leno says "Choose the safe insulation!" *
Cellulose Insulation truely is the "Greenest of the Green!"
Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter
Heat moves into, out of and through your home in four ways: by conduction (which
R-Value measures), and by convection, radiation and air infiltration (none of which
R-Value measures). A superior insulation system will have a high R-Value (prevent heat transfer via conduction), will be pneumatically or spray applied, fully filling the building cavity (preventing heat loss via convection), and will be densely packed (preventing heat loss via air infiltration and radiation). Cellulose insulation meets all four of these critical performance criteria! By comparison, the most widely used insulation material, conventional fiberglass batts, only helps prevent conduction.
Although Insulation isn’t visible, not having enough can really be uncomfortable and expensive! Educated Consumers have a strong tendency to use cellulose insulation, foam insulation, and foil insulations because the benefits are so much greater- up to 38% * more effective than the conventional insulation (fiberglass insulation).
CLICK HERE to visit the CIMA website to find out more about Cellulose Insulation.
* Blown in cellulose insulation is 2-3 times denser than fiberglass insulation. Studies comparing Blown in cellulose insulation Vs fiberglass insulation show that cellulose insulation was 38% tighter and required 26% less energy. A Princeton University study shows, a group of homes with blown in cellulose insulation in the walls had an average of 24.5% reduction of air infiltration compared to fiberglass insulation, with only the walls insulated. A similar study, the Leominster MA Housing Project for the Elderly found that, a building with blown in cellulose insulation compared to a building with R-13 fiberglass batt insulation in the walls and R-38 fiberglass batt insulation in the ceiling, had 40% lower leakage. However, when it comes to air infiltration, sheathing and drywall are better air barriers than any cavity insulation.