Thursday, November 1, 2012

Saving Money and Energy

Everyone wants to save money. However, these savings could not only help the budget, but also the environment. Loft insulation is an easy fix to a wasteful problem that is happening right above one's head. In addition, through insulation grants made possible by the HES and the SEAI, it is likely this work can be done for free.
There are numerous benefits of adequate loft insulation. Besides enjoying a comfortable and more energy efficient home, most heating bills are significantly lowered as it takes less time for the furnace to warm the house. In addition, less carbon dioxide is emitted from the heating system lowering greenhouse gases into the environment. If the environment is of concern, some insulation is made with recycled glass and can be reused again once removed from a building.
The good news is that, in Ireland, applications for insulation grants are accepted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Once contacted, the organization outlines the terms for a Home Energy Saving (HES) insulation grant.
Homeowners, whose homes were built before 2006, can qualify for the Home Energy Saving Scheme grants and have the process completed free or for half the price. The Home Energy Saving Scheme provides these grants for individuals interested in home efficiency improvements as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Managing the Home Energy Saving Scheme is the responsibility of the SEAI. Founded in 2002, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is a leader in educating and assisting homeowners about energy conservation as well as developing new technologies and standards. Such standards include the SEAI required density levels for weatherizing grants.
Adhering to the Agencies Standards required density levels and the Ireland required density levels also qualifies homeowners for these insulation grants. Current regulations stipulate a minimum of 270mm mineral wool insulation, 100mm between each ceiling joist and 170mm loft insulation over the joists. In addition, a minimum depth of 270mm is recommended.
This savings is due to insulations dense network of fibres holding within it millions of tiny air spaces. Because of these fibres, insulation impedes the airflow coming in or out of it. In addition, this reduces the amount of time the furnace runs and less energy is consumed. As there are many types of insulation one should research to find a suitable choice. Standard choices to look for include Rock wool, Polyurethane board, Expanded or Extruded Polystyrene and Fiberglas insulation. Of these, Fiberglas is the most common choice due to its durable material and ease of installation.
The loft area covers a large surface and as hot air tends to migrate upwards, it is trapped there due to its low density. Adhering to the insulation density levels can reduce energy loss from 50%-100%. In addition, loft insulation requires little time to install and is not a messy procedure for a trained professional.
Everyone is responsible for the condition of this planet. By following the SEAI required density levels and applying for loft insulation grants, not only will the cash flow improve but the environment will as well.