Have your energy bills been on the rise for seemingly no reason? Insulation is one way to help reduce those bills. Are you thinking about re-insulating your home? Perhaps you’re wondering how much savings you’ll see.
How much does insulation save? It’s difficult to determine exact estimates—many factors need to be considered, such as your climate, HVAC systems, etc.—but there are online tools you can use.
Determining Insulation Savings
Visit CIMA (Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association) online to calculate insulation savings. You can measure the financial impact of increasing your insulation performance by entering your data—the size of your house, the cost of your energy, etc.—into the online insulation calculator. With the calculator, you’ll see what you would be saving this year and in the future!
You can also use the online home energy saver tool. It calculates all your energy bills using your current rates and personal information, like the number of your household members, when your home was built, whether you have a basement or not, etc. After filling in your data, you’ll get back your current yearly energy costs and how much you can potentially save.
Increasing Insulation Energy Savings
To ensure you save the most money and live comfortably all year round, there are some things you can do:
Get professional installation.
Some homeowners may be handy and perform many DIY projects around the house—but insulation installation shouldn’t be one of them. Installing insulation requires professional expertise to ensure it’s being completed correctly to help you save the most money.
Air seal your home.
A home that is properly insulated but not air sealed isn’t energy-efficient. Air leaks hinder the performance of your insulation, so your home should be both insulated and sealed. Caulking and weatherstripping are two common air sealing techniques.
Make sure your home is energy-efficient everywhere.
You won’t be saving as much money as you could if your home is insulated but isn’t energy-efficient in other ways. For example, if your windows are old and leaky, you’re still using energy-inefficient incandescent bulbs instead of CFL bulbs, etc., there is much room for improvement. There are many ways to save energy—and combined with more significant projects, like insulation installation, they can help you save a lot of money every year.
Insulation Contractors in the Portland, Oregon Area
So the answer to the question “how much does insulation save?” is a bit more complicated than you may have initially thought. You’ll have to talk to professionals about:
- Where you live (here in the Portland area, we are in zone 4)
- The type of HVAC systems you have
- The size of your house
Installed Building Products Portland installs insulation in homes throughout northwestern Oregon and can help you with your needs, whether you need to re-insulate your attic or install more insulation in your walls. Contact us to learn more!