Save Energy and Money In The Long Run With Blown InsulationNovember 26, 2014
Having the recommended amount of insulation can save a homeowner money and increase comfort. As we mentioned in our article about retrofitting, there is a great benefit to adding loose-fill insulation to a single family home. Many homes over 10 years old have an inadequate amount of insulation. Whether adding insulation to a new or old home, homeowners can expect to decrease their carbon footprint and save money long term.
How Much Energy Can Be Saved?
One of the major benefits to insulation is its ability to save energy. According to the NAIMA, Insulation saves over 600 times more energy each year than all of the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), Energy Star Appliances, and Energy Star windows combined. Another interesting statistic: U.S. insulation products can save consumers about 12 quadrillion Btu annually, which is approximately 42 percent of the energy that would have been consumed without insulation. For comparison, that’s equal to 40 million Btu or 7 barrels of oil per person per year, or 28 barrels of oil saved by each U.S. family of four per year.
How Much Money Can Be Saved?
The Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling systems use more than half of the energy consumed in American homes. And 42 percent of the average family’s utility bill goes toward temperature control. Adding insulation can not only increase a family’s comfort level, but also lessen utility bills. Older homes most likely have less insulation than homes built today, but even adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within a few years, even when hiring a contractor. The cost of hiring a contractor and the amount of necessary insulation varies by location. The Department of Energy and Cellulose.org both have resources for calculating savings in your area.
How Can Capitol Machine Help?
We specialize in insulation machines for the blow-in insulation market. If you are a contractor removing old insulation with our insulation vacuums or adding fresh insulation with one of our blowers, our machines will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call or contact us for more information about our equipment.