Energy Saving Tips- Insulating your home



Using energy efficiently is very critical, it does two things for you; you get to conserve energy and save cost. Do you know that one-third of your home’s heat comes through its walls and the other quarter comes through the roof? One of the most efficient ways to save energy and money is to insulate your home. The most half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes can leak out if your home is not well insulated or is not insulated at all.


What is insulation?

Insulation is a barrier or any material used to fill spaces, which include little gaps, ceilings, roofs, and walls of your home to reduce heat flow by reflection or absorption. Home insulation is a cost-effective way to make your home energy efficient, saving you up to 80% in heating and cooling losses. Insulation also helps you to reduce condensation in your home.  As a homeowner, you shouldn’t take insulation for granted, together with practices like air sealing and proper ventilation, insulation helps to improve the comfort level of your home and reduce your electricity costs.


Where to insulate in your home?


There are specific places in your home you can add insulation, they include:

  1. Ceilings and Roofs: A high proportion of heat transfer happens through the roof and ceiling. You can lose about 40% of your heating and cooling energy when your roof and ceiling isn’t insulated. Adding the insulation to your roof and ceiling reduces the heat from the sun and improves the comfort level of your home.


  1. Walls: Insulating your wall saves you up to 25% of your heating and cooling energy. The product for insulating your walls depends on your home or location.  It is important to get the right product, to achieve the result of adding the insulation.


  1. Floors: Adding insulation to your floors saves you up to 20% of your heating and cooling energy.  Carpets serve as an option to insulate a floor.


  1. Water Pipes: Water pipes inside walls can be insulated when building or renovating. It is also recommended as to avoid further heat loss from the storage hot water system. You should insulate externally exposed pipes leading from the water pipe to the house as well as the water tank itself.



Why is insulation important?

.  There are some benefits of insulating your home. Insulation helps you to:


  • Save money on energy bills: When you don’t insulate your home, you lose about 20% to 30% energy or more. Air leaks around your windows, doors or roofs waste energy. This means you have to use your heater and air-conditioner more often to warm or cool your home.  Proper insulation keeps your bills down.



  • Improve the comfort level of your home: Insulation keeps you home automatically warm or cool all year round. Without you having to rely on cooling or heating systems.



  • Reduce your energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions: Insulation allows you to use less energy and emit fewer energy, reducing your carbon footprint and impact on the environment.


  • Improve your sound control: Insulation creates a sound barrier, by keeping unwanted sounds out. And protecting your privacy by the keeping the sounds from inside your home inaudible.

Rejoice Obike

Obike Rejoice Chinecherem is an ardent reader who loves African literature. She is creative in writing, her write-ups are all about her everyday experiences, women, and society. She loves chocolates, and in her copious time enjoys reviewing artworks and talking about feminism.

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