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Energy Efficiency with Enoch

Conserve Heat with Insulation and Air Sealing 

EnochIf you piled on the blankets and seethed at your heating bill this past winter, consider that it might not have been just the bitter cold temperatures outside. Your home could actually be leaking air from the inside out! Poorly insulated walls and other areas of your home can significantly contribute to this problem.

Leaking air and heat can cost much more money than you might think.

What’s one of the best tools to combat air leaks and conserve the heat you’re paying for? So glad you asked…good insulation and air sealing!

What exactly is insulation and how does it work? 

Insulation is a composite material that provides a protective barrier between the interior and exterior of your home to the outside environment. The most common kind is fiberglass insulation (“the pink stuff”) made from fibers of glass arranged into a texture similar to wool that are spun with a binding agent to help hold the strands together and are sold in rolls or “batts.”

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There are also other forms of insulation, such as spray foam (also known as liquid foam), rigid foam insulation, and cellulose (usually made from recycled newspaper). Spray foam is blown into walls, on attic surfaces, or under floors to insulate and reduce air leakage. Rigid foam insulation is available in many sizes and is usually fastened behind your siding or under your roof shingles. The insulation is then fit between the joists and solid surfaces of your home, including the inside of your walls and between floors.

What needs to be insulated? 

There are a number of areas in the home that benefit from insulation to make it more energy-efficient. According to Energy.gov,to keep your home heating at optimal energy-efficiency levels, your home should be properly insulated from the roof down to its foundation. This includes:

  • Above ceilings with unheated spaces
  • Basement walls
  • Floors above vented crawl spaces
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Floors over unheated garages or porches
  • In between interior walls, including bathrooms

 This is especially important in older homes and during the winter months to maintain the heat your system is providing.   

 What are the benefits of investing in an insulation upgrade?  

 Properly insulating your home saves your energy dollars that could otherwise be going to waste. Upgrading home insulation is an investment that will easily pay for itself in energy savings over the coming years. It also improves comfort, keeping you cozy as well as preserving your heat during the winter and preventing drafts.   

 What’s it going to cost me? 

Now that you understand why properly insulating your home makes good sense, let’s talk about how it adds up in dollars and cents. The cost will be based on your choice of insulation and the square footage of your home, as well as the areas that need to be upgraded. Typically, foam insulation is the most expensive, while traditional batt insulation and cellulose tend to be less costly.

For more information regarding insulation and how it can help protect your energy dollars, see this video.

We understand that it’s not cheap to upgrade your insulation, so for those who may need a little help to accomplish this goal, we have some helpful solutions. Yankee Gas partners with Energize Connecticut and there is currently an insulation rebate available, as well as a “no interest” payment plan.

The rebate and payment plan are available to customers who sign up for the Energize Connecticut Home Energy Solutions (HES) program, which offers valuable energy-efficiency services. You can also call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873) for additional details.