Around the country, homeowners are seeking ways of reducing their monthly utility bills. Many are also aware of their own environmental impact and want to find ways to reduce harmful emissions. Both of these pursuits make for a healthier environment, and one home upgrade project can provide the solution for both: home insulation.
Facts About Home Insulation
Insulation is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that homeowners can do. It saves electricity costs y allowing the home to remain warm in winter and cool in summer more efficiently. This, in turn, reduces emissions of harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.
The current recommended standard in new home construction for insulation ranges from R25 to R49, depending on location. The R value is a measure of how resistant insulation is at preventing heat from traveling through it. The higher the R value, the higher the overall insulation efficiency.
Many older homes have R values that are far below current recommendations. It is not uncommon to find older homes with R values of less than 10. In colder climates, upgrading a home from a value of R-11 to the current high standard of R-49 can save 20% to 50% on energy costs. That is a significant savings!
Insulation and the HERO Program
Legislation called PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, has made it possible for homeowners to make energy-efficient upgrades to their properties without upfront costs. PACE, and financial lending services like the HERO Program, provide competitive loans to homeowners. These loans are paid back through the annual property tax bill. The HERO Program covers upgrades like new doors and windows, roofing, solar paneling, and most importantly for this discussion, insulation. The financing program even covers labor and equipment costs; homeowners don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses.
PACE and HERO have made it easier than ever to make smart energy-saving improvements to the home. Insulation provides a lot of “bang for the buck”, and adding insulation levels can reduce utility costs while doing good things for the environment.