Home » Home Improvement

The Cheapest Way to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Jun 24, 2008
With fuel prices soaring through the roof, people are making several changes in their lifestyle to lower energy consumption. With transportation, this has lead to electric and hybrid cars but there are home improvements that can cut your energy costs as well. For example, homeowners are starting to invest in more storm windows, new furnaces and programmable thermostats than before because they are energy savers that can help lower utility bills. Unfortunately, most people overlook the need for more insulation because it is hidden inside of their walls.

Insulation can make a huge difference in your home's energy efficiency though; especially in the attic where a lot of heat is lost and gained. Insulation is graded on a scale of R-values. The higher you can bring the R-value in your walls and roof, the better protected you will be from the extreme temperatures outside.

Unfortunately, when homes are built, contractors are only required to use a minimal amount of insulation during construction. The result is a cold house in winter and a hot house in the summer. If you want to lower your heating and cooling costs, one of the best ways to do it is install additional insulation.

What if the home is already built?
You don't need to tear down existing walls to install additional insulation because it comes in many forms. One of the most versatile and user-friendly products is called Cocoon Insulation. Since this product has been made from recycled newspaper, it is non-hazardous and light-weight. This makes it easy to handle and install. As a loose insulation product it can also be retrofitted into existing walls through small holes that can be easily patched and hidden.

Other Benefits of Insulation
In addition to improving energy retention, Cocoon Insulation can make your home a quieter place by blocking unwanted outside noises. It has also been treated to resist loose fire and insects. This means that you will be safer as well as more comfortable with Cocoon Insulation lining your walls.

Affordability
For the rewards that insulation provides, it is also a very affordable way to make home improvements. And, compared to buying a new furnace or replacing windows, adding insulation costs a fraction of the price. Adding insulation doesn't take a lot of time either. Depending on the size of your home, you could have everything insulated in a couple of days. Most insulation products can be self-installed, but a few may require professional service.
About the Author
If you would like to learn more about energy savers that you can use in your own home, visit Future Energy Corporation at http://energysavers.com/. They cover everything from windows, solar panels, insulation, heating systems and protective coatings. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 113
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources