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A standard single family home going from an existing R-19 to R-38 will see a minimum reduction of 20% on their cooling and heating bill. If your electric bill averages $200.00 per month, about half of that is for cooling and heating typically. A 20% savings would equate to a $20 reduction on your bill each month.
About 78% of homeowners have not added any insulation to their attic; in part because they believe their home already has enough.**
However 80% of homes built before 1980 are not insulated to government standards.* Even newer homes may not be as energy-efficient as you think. State energy codes are only the minimum insulation requirements for new construction–not the amount recommended to optimize energy efficiency.
Overall, about 60 million homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, costing Americans $8.2 billion each year.* Simply insulating existing homes to current standards would save 800 trillion BTUs (that's 76 supertankers of oil) each year.
An energy-efficient home appeals to buyers' financial and environmental interests.
Research shows that 71% of homebuyers want a home that reduces their overall impact on the environment. And 96% of home buyers consider energy efficiency when buying a new home.**
Owens Corning insulation products save many times the energy used to make it in the first year alone. And they continue to help conserve energy year after year without consuming any additional resources.
The products Owens Corning sells each year are responsible for the prevention of more than 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This equals the emissions of 200 million passenger cars or the use of 2 billion barrels of oil.
Many Owens Corning products are made with renewable resources, recycled materials or the byproducts of other production processes. Owens Corning Fiberglas™ insulation is made of plentiful sand and recycled glass. Its minimum of 35% recycled content is the highest in the industry.
The Department of Energy states the one thing Americans can all do to help reduce our dependency on foreign oil is to improve the insulation in our buildings which account for 60% of all our energy consumption.
To meet the need, Owens Corning introduces AttiCat, a blown-in insulation which expands to 18 times its size for better insulation R-value. The average family in the U.S. spends $1,600.00 per year for heating/cooling. Typically 35% -50% of a total electric bill is for cooling costs. AttiCat guarantees at least a 20% savings or $320.00 per year.
AttiCat is made up of 100% renewable materials (60% sand and 40% recycled jars and bottles) which are crushed into cullet, super heated and made into strands of micro glass fibers.Nothing is added to AttiCat - no binder,glue,chemicals or additives. It will not itch, crush or settle over time.
The competitive insulation, Cellulose, is made with boratic acid which is highly corrosive. This product is a fire hazard, it is reported there is a Cellulose fire in America every day. It also holds moisture which produces mold. Cellulose settles and looses its R-value.
To get an idea of what insulation could do for your comfort, your pocketbook, and the climate crisis, consider what it's already doing: without existing residential insulation U.S. carbon dioxide emissions would increase 15%. That's 1.35 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide, and it would take a forest of 300 million acres, equivalent to all of our harvested cropland, to take it back up.
The savings for existing insulation are nearly $84 billion in avoided heating and cooling costs per year! So while insulation requires up front costs, it's also one of the most rewarding, and long-lasting, cost savings and climate benefits. The industry has calculated that if all U.S. homes met just the insulation standards in the Model Energy Code from 1992, total residential carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. would fall nearly 30%.
Insulation even helps with creature comfort, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Combined with a good house sealing effort it can also reduce persistent moisture-related problems such as floor squeaks, drywall cracks, and condensation damage.
The most cost-effective solution really depends on your house - how much insulation you have already and how it's heated and cooled - as well as your local climate. Insulation impact is measured according to its R-value. The R-value can range quite a bit; the higher the number, the better insulated your home will be. Different parts of the country and different parts of your home require insulation with different R-values. In general, ceilings (with attic or cathedral pitches) call for R-49 in most of the US, walls should be R-13 to R-18, basement interiors should be R-11 to R-19, and exteriors should be R-10 to R-15. State and local governments and your utilities provide financial incentives for insulation, so don't miss out on the savings. If a check from the government isn't enough, check out your potential return on investment, and compare it to any forays you might have had on the stock market. If energy prices continue their upward trend, insulation could be your most solid performer.