[Research] 90% of U.S. homes lack insulation
Want to stay warm and cozy inside your home this winter? Then you might want to take a look at how your insulation’s doing. That’s because a new research has found that almost 90 percent of U.S. homes in the United States aren’t properly insulated. In other words, most of us aren’t even taking the most basic measures to reduce our energy consumption.
The research conducted by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) found that estimate by using methods developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The results, of course, are astonishing.
"If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5% and natural gas use by more than 10% ," says Jonathan Levy, lead researcher of the Boston University team that researched the subject.
The benefits around energy use are obvious. But there are other benefits of insulation that might not be as apparent but that are equally important. An insulated home can help cut carbon dioxide and other pollutants while increasing the comfort inside the house. Additionally, insulating a home isn’t an expensive remodel and it’s a fantastic environment for owners seeking to enhance their homes.
The findings couldn’t be better timed. As Curt Rich, President and CEO of NAIMA, puts it “fall is when many homeowners around the country begin thinking about home improvements to increase comfort and reduce their energy bills as temperatures drop come winter. Research like this should reinforce our message to homeowners, and to policymakers, that added insulation has real and significant benefits”.
So, if you’re worried about the cool temperatures ahead of us, perhaps it’s time to think of insulation. You can audit your home to check if you’re part of that nasty 90% and, if you are, take the necessary steps to live a better winter and enjoy a more comfortable house.