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Insulating Your Home
It may seem like an uninteresting product selection, but insulation is a critical material in determining your home's energy efficiency and the amount of money you'll end up spending for cooling and heating. When properly and adequately installed in your floors, walls and ceilings, this relatively cheap product is maintenance free and quietly does its job for the life of your home.
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Insulating Properly
Insulation is one of the keys to a comfortable, energy-efficient home. But simply having the right amount of insulation is not enough. If insulation is not properly installed, a home can have excessive heat gain during the summer and heat loss in the winter - forcing the heating and cooling systems to work overtime.
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Know Your R-Value
Every area in your home has a recommended R-value, which is the insulation material's resistance to heat flow. It may not be a conversation your contractor wants to have with you, but one well worth the time and in the long haul - well worth the money. Contractors can dazzle homeowners with top-of-the-line furnaces, wood burning stoves and fireplaces, but none of that will matter if the insulation isn't adequate enough to keep the heat in.
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From the attic overhead, to the basement below, to the walls in between, there's an Owens Corning insulation solution for every part of your new home so you can enjoy a comfortable, energy-efficient home. View the entire line of Owens Corning insulation.



GreenFiber is a manufacturer of natural fiber insulation, which is made from recycled paper fiber and designed to reduce energy consumption to heat and cool homes. Visit GreenFiber to learn more about their insulation products.


Heating and cooling will account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in your new home. The leading cause of energy waste comes from inadequate insulation and air leakage, which is why you need to work closely with your builder when it comes time to selecting the right insulation for your home. Keep in mind that the amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use.




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