It's no secret that energy prices are escalating and most often the most effective ways to save money and energy is to improve the efficiency of your home. Heat likes to move from warmer to colder areas. On a cold winter day, heat from inside your home wants to travel to the cooler area outside, resulting in heat loss. On a warm summer day, the heat from outside the home tries to penetrate your home's walls to find the cooler air conditioned areas of your home.
Insulation is the material found in your home's walls and other areas of your house to help stop air infiltration and heat transfer. When insulation is correctly installed, it will keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It will also help save money, improve your health by reducing pollen and dust, preserve natural resources, prevent ice dam formation, reduce noise and in some cases, make you eligible for tax credits.
Energy prices are escalating and it is no wonder that many homeowners are looking to find ways to make their homes as energy efficient as possible. Making your home energy efficient can increase the value of your home approximately $20.00 for every $1.00 reduction in annual utility bills, according to the Appraisal Journal. Reduce heating and cooler costs by reducing air infiltration, managing the moisture in your home and creating proper ventilation. By making these improvements, you may be eligible for additional rebates through participating utility companies. For example, Focus On Energy provides a 33% rebate on certain improvements and Xcel Energy will match that totaling 66% of your money back!
All of us can help protect the environment by making our homes as energy efficient as possible. The less energy we use in our everyday living, the less pollution we generate. Energy that we use comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants all around the world. Those power plans contribute to smog, acid rain and global warming. Simply stated, by sealing our homes' duct work, increasing our insulation and keeping air from infiltrating our homes, we can help save some of our natural resources and the environment.
What do we consider noise? Noise is unwanted sounds that come from today's noise laden living and working environments: the television in the other room, a running dishwasher in the kitchen, the neighbor's barking dog or the late night train passing through. Noise is measured in decibels and noise control is measured by the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating. Proper insulation will produce a higher STC rating and more comfortable living in your home.
Federal and state rebates are available for both new construction and existing homes. Check out the links below to get the most up to date tax credit information and learn about eligibility!