Did you know that insulation installed in homes and businesses saves over 400 trillion BTU’s annually—enough to power the state of California for 3 years?
A recent Harvard study on energy consumption found that nearly 65% of U.S. homes (45 million total) have insulation levels that are below the 2000 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) levels. This translates to more than 800 trillion BTU’s (British Thermal Units) that could be saved each year. Properly insulated new homes would save 300 billion BTUs each year. This equals 28 supertankers of crude oil and 300 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
So, when you think insulation, you’re well on your way to reducing energy costs. Adding glass mineral wool insulation above minimum building requirements significantly increases energy savings, and enhances the overall quality of your indoor environment.
The maximum thermal performance or R-value of insulation is very dependent on proper installation. Homeowners can install some types of insulation — notably blankets and materials that can be poured in place. (Liquid foam insulation materials can be poured, but they require professional installation). Other types require professional installation.
Comparing Residential Insulation Types
Fiberglass, rock and slag wool batts are common forms of residential insulation. They are available a variety of R-values, thicknesses and pre-cut widths and lengths. Batts are available plain (no facing), or with kraft paper facing or other types of vapor retarder facings. Tabless batts (also known as friction fit), that fit snugly in the wall cavity and stay in place without any fasteners until the wall finish is installed, are available with stapling flanges to hold them in place. Both tabless batts and the type with stapling flanges are acceptable for use in the ICC building codes and ASTM, ENERGY STAR and RESNET standards.
Start Saving by Installing Insulation Today
Insulate your home and find out how much you can save. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills.