Are you thinking of renovating your home this spring? If you are, you might be considering specifically green updates and upgrades that not only can save you money and protect the environment, but also can increase the resale value of your home. Green home features and building designs are becoming increasingly popular. New homeowners or those in the market to buy a new house are looking for features that are eco-friendly and wallet-friendly.
The first step in ensuring your home is eco-friendly and efficient, is making sure that it’s well sealed and properly insulated. A poorly insulated home will drive heating and cooling bills through the roof. A well-insulated home will allow you maintain your home’s temperature easier. Your energy bill will decrease since your furnace and air conditioner won’t have to work as hard – proper insulation prevents hot air from entering your home in the summer months, and also prevents the comfortable, cooled air in your home from escaping.
While any new insulation properly installed can increase the value of your home, there are insulation products that are a notch above the rest when it comes to being green and eco-friendly.
Cellulose has the largest amount of post-consumer recycled content in the industry - up to 85% recycled newspaper. Paper is the largest component of landfills and producing Cellulose insulation diverts waste from the landfills thus saving valuable space.
Cellulose takes less energy to make than any other insulation material. In green circles this is known as “embodied energy” which is the energy required to transport raw materials and the energy used to make the final product. Fiberglass, the most widely used insulation, has 10 times more embodied energy than cellulose.
Making cellulose insulation from newsprint prevents the release of greenhouse gases such as methane, which is released as newspaper decomposes in landfills.
Walltite Eco Spray Foam
Walltite Eco is made from renewable vegetable oils and recycled plastics, and blended into a high performance spray polyurethane foam.
Monthly energy and utility savings of 40% or more can be achieved when compared to the traditional fibreglass products. The cost of insulating with spray foam insulation can often be recovered in less than 5 years, simply through energy savings alone.
As a lower density, closed-cell foam, it takes less material to produce the performance you need. It burns less fuel during transportation because it’s transported as a liquid, then expands over 30 times its volume during application.
Walltite Eco contains significant rates of recycled content. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is among the most common plastics used for packaging, bottles and containers. Post-consumer and post-industrial recycled material is processed to make raw material for new applications.
Choosing one of the two types of insulation above is a huge step towards making your home the most efficient and green that it can be. It might not make as big of a visual impact as a new kitchen or deck- but buying trends in the house market show buyers leaning towards greener features that will save them money in the longrun.
Georgian Insulation Systems, the area’s leading insulation contractor will work with you to achieve the highest level of efficiency in your home. Call us for a free estimate on your project.