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Stacks of newspapers that could be used for insulation


Did you know? Heating and cooling account for up to 70% of the energy used in the average home. But oftentimes inadequate insulation and air sealing cause energy waste, and you end up with a less comfortable home that costs more to heat and cool than it should. Not even newer homes are spared: according to research by the Insulation Contractors Association of America, nearly 80% of new homes have less insulation installed than was paid for.


Proper insulation not only saves you money and energy, but also makes your home more comfortable to live in. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. How do you even know if you need more insulation? Here at 401(e) Home Energy Service, we can help you test your home to determine exactly what is going on inside your walls and in your attic and basement.


Not all insulation materials are equal, both in terms of performance and environmental impact. For instance, most homeowners have blown-in fiberglass insulation in the attic, especially those living in newer homes. However, fiberglass is not very dense, so air flows through it easily and diminishes its insulating value. Another consequence is that airflow can disturb and displace fiberglass, and you could end up with a scenario like this one:


fiberglass insulation


A better insulating option is cellulose, which is made of waste paper (up to 85% recycled newspapers). Not only does it have a low environmental impact, it is also a very effective insulator that performs well in extreme weather, and it is denser than fiberglass. Worried about cellulose and fire safety? After all, it is made of old newspapers… but it is also very safe. Cellulose insulation is saturated with fire retardant during the manufacturing process, and has to meet very strict flammability standards of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.


Do you think cellulose insulation might be good for your home? Do you want to know how well your current insulation is performing? Contact us at 701-795-7114 or and visit our website for more information!