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Cheap and Eco-Friendly Home Insulation Tips

Cheap and Eco-Friendly Home Insulation Tips

One of the most important factors in making your home more energy efficient, and therefore cutting your energy bill bin half, is having your house properly insulated. Thoughtfully ans sustainably designed homes that utilize insulation, thermal mass design and sustainable energy alternatives, such as solar panels, can save some homeowners up to 50% on their yearly energy consumption.

There are lots of great, green alternatives when looking for home insulation. See if you can find ceiling insulation made from sustainable materials, such as Goldenfleece wool insulation. All natural wool fibre has great insulating properties, with the CSIRO claiming, “wool insulation performs better because of it’s ability to rapidly absorb moisture from the air.”

A company called Bonded Logic has developed an eco-friendly insulation that is made from 85% post-industrial recycled denim leftover from the manufacturing of blue jeans. This scrap material is collected and layered into panels and then treated with a solution that acts as a fire retardant, mold, mildew and pest blocker. This eco-friendly insulation is a zero-waste product since it requires very little energy to make and uses materials that were likely headed for a landfill.

There are also many do-it-yourself add-ons you can consider during the colder months to conserve heat and save money on those energy bills. Seal draughts with door snakes or utilize thicker curtains on your windows to keep out the cold air. If you live in a particularly cold climate, installing and maintaining your caulking and weatherstripping is an easy and affordable way to keep heat in, and energy costs low. In one bedroom apartments, direct your heat with the use of room dividers.

Properly designed and well installed insulation is a key factor for an energy-efficient home. With a recently heightened awareness of the global economic recession and of the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, eco-friendly insulation will be one of the ways homeowners upgrade to ensure their home meets these new eco standards, and, as an added bonus, save them money during these difficult times in our economy.

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  1. nick

    June 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    A video of the cotton-denim insulation material can be found at http://www.deniminsulation.net

  2. Dave

    January 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    As an insulation and drywall professional I feel I can’t recommend denim insulation. It’s just not as efficient, it’s MUCH more flammable, it draws damp more quickly, and the chemicals that they use to make it mold and mildew resistant include, but are not limited to: arsenic, ammonia, and mercury. When compared to the fiberglass type insulation, you can see that the denim insulation is actually TOXIC to living things, where as the fiberglass, while slow to break down, is more or less inert. Now, I have installed this stuff at the request of a customer, and she is more than happy with it, but by her own admonition, replacing her 20 year old fiberglass with denim has done nothing to her carbon footprint. Now, I’m not bashing a good idea here. The stuff works. But right now it’s just not on the fuel and energy saving level that modern, properly installed synthetics are. I think that a return to renewable products in the HVAC industry is a must, but is it worth it to burn the same ammount or MORE fossil fuels and energy just to have an eco friendly insulation? I’ll wait till the engineers up the performance #’s before I put it in my house, IMHO

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