Home Insulation and its Environmental Impact

With the right insulation your house will be energy efficient, helping to conserve energy and preserve the increasingly scarce natural heating resources in the world. It’s even better for Sacramento, if you select recycled or environmentally friendly insulation products, you will contribute more to maintaining a sustainable planet.

Home Insulation and Energy Consumption

Many houses waste energy because they are badly designed and constructed and have inadequate home insulation. Energy simply leaks through walls, ceilings and floors. This means the house is difficult to heat properly in the winter and cool adequately in the summer unless you use large amounts of energy. The negative impact on our depleted fossil fuel resources is enormous.

Which is the best insulation for the environment?

Whether you view ‘green’ as a sustainable resource, saving the environment, or healthier for our bodies, you have quite a few options for green insulation. There are four effective materials used for insulation today that are more environmentally friendly.

Sheep’s Wool

Common sense tells us that sheep’s wool is a natural insulator for them in the harsh farmlands of the north. So scientists discover a way to harvest the wool and turn it into home-friendly insulation. When you compact the wool, there are little air pockets that keep the cold air from getting in and the warm air from getting out. The R value is about R-13 for a 24 inch thickness Batt. This type of insulation material is extremely environment friendly since it is all natural.

Comfortable Cotton

With almost the exact R value as fiberglass, cotton insulation creates an efficient barrier between the hot and cold in your home. Cotton also repels bugs, keeping them out of your home. In addition, cotton is a natural plant that does not contain formaldehyde like fiberglass. The only issue with the cotton insulation is the high cost. Cotton can either be blown-in or you can buy it in Batt form and secure it between your studs.