How Does Proper Insulation Really Impact Energy Bills?
Do you remember this: Slogging to the mailbox in February, finding the utility bill, summoning the courage to open the envelope, squinting with one eye at the astronomical figure that will require a loan using your first born as collateral? How do you reduce this energy monster before your budget stops budging? How can you stop the power meter from spinning so fast?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the number one way to help reduce energy bills is to add insulation to your home or facility. Whether rock wool, slag wool, fiberglass or blown in insulation, added material, especially in older homes and buildings, helps inhibit the exchange of air reducing the amount of energy needed for heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.
Proper insulation provides comfort during those cold Indiana winters when heat rises and escapes through walls and attics. Another added benefit is that using less energy reduces emissions improving our environment. For more money in your pocket, don’t forget, the state of Indiana offers a tax deduction, up to $1,000 for the installation of residential insulation.
Do your own “home” work. In selecting insulation or even talking with your insulation installer, check the material’s “R-value.” R-value is the measure of insulation’s thermal resistance; the higher the R-value, the greater the effectiveness. R-value is dependent on the type of material and its thickness and density.
While you may install your own insulation, you may want to consider a professional when blowing insulation into attics, walls or under floors.
In the Anderson, New Castle and Muncie area, we are your insulation experts. Contact us today at 1-888-TRY-AERCO (1-888-879-2372).