Most of home’s energy comes from fossil fuel like petroleum and coal, which provides your electricity and gas. It is advised that a homeowner should reduce the usage of energy by “conserving energy”. When a homeowner “conserves energy” they are reducing the use of the resources from which the energy comes from. This is not only very beneficial for the environment, but also the homeowner’s pocket.
The main goal to an energy efficient home, is to reduce the amount of energy used in a household. Some examples of making your home energy efficient can start with insulating your attic, walls, and crawl space.
We hope that after reading this page you will come to a conclusion to what will be beneficial for your home.
Pure Eco, recommends having an energy audit done to your home. An energy audit can help you better understand where your energy is being wasted too. Home owners don't realize that there are cracks throughout the house, and places where the hot or cold air can seep in or escape from. It's literally like throwing money out of the window.
What An Energy Audit Entails
Having an energy audit should be the first step before making any energy saving home improvements. An energy assessment will provide an in depth assessment of where your energy should not be going.
What to look for:
- In the beginning of the audit, the auditor walks around the house looking at the walls and joints making sure everything is in a tight fit. If not, there is a huge possibility that air is coming through.
Once the outside is evaluated they go into the attic.
- If you have a trapdoor; that can also be a problem. Trapdoors, do not have a tight enough fit, and air is certainly passing through in and out the house.
- The auditor, will look at how well your insulation is working? And is it properly installed in all areas of the house frame? If the insulation is falling down than you have a problem because, it's not doing anything for you. Therefore, it needs to be replaced.
- They also look at the holes where the electrical goes through. If the holes where the electrical wires passes through are not sealed; then this will raise a red flag.
When done with the attic the auditor will go down to the basement.
- Furnace and water heater can be another complication. The auditor expects the furnace and water heater and makes sure that it is actually being energy efficient rather than hiring your bill. One way this can be the case is that the furnace filter needs to be changed or you might have to replace the furnace because it is too old and costing more money to run.
- Now the ductwork, auditors examine the duct to make sure they make a tight fit. They have to be sealed in order to keep the warm air inside. They use a screwdriver and run it inside the corner holes. If the screwdriver goes inside they duct, that means
After the inspection of the basement the auditor will go to the living spaces and perform the blower door test.
- All of the windows and doors will be closed while performing this test. This is to prevent outside air in. The special fan they use to perform the inspection will depressurize the home. The concept is to suck the air outside of the house allowing the outside air to come through all those cracks you didn't know about.
- While the fan is blowing, the windows and doors are closed, the auditor uses an infrared camera to inspect where the the cold air is rushing in. The darker the color he sees on the device the worst it is.
- Some of the suspects can be through your lighting. They may not be sealed tightly.
The overall result, is you will have a comprehensive home energy report, showing which energy efficient upgrades, and fixes you need to do in order to save your energy.
Great know you have your report, let's get started on creating an Energy Efficiency Home!
Some of the decisions to upgrade your home to be Energy Efficient is reinstalling or installing new insulation. Insulation comes in two forms, that is batts and blown in. Batts resemble a blanket of insulation and blown insulation is loose material that resembles cotton candy or snow. Insulation is like the blanket for your home. It keep the cool air out and the warm air in, and vice versa depending the temperature you set the AC/Heater to be.
Down below are definitions of the different material that insulation comes in.
A popular material to choose from to use in new and existing homes. Many people feel comfortable, while the others are questionable of the material. Rest assure for those who are iffy to have insulation made out of newspaper, that this is completely safe and fire proof. Material of cellulose is composed of 75% - 85% recycled paper. The recycled paper is usually post - consumer newsprint. The other 15% or so is a fire retardant; boric acid or ammonium sulphate.
So.. yes, cellulose is fire resistant. Manufactures add mineral borate, and sometimes blend it with ammonium sulfate to ensure fire and insect resistance.
Our favorite part is that it’s ecofriendly. That is a plus in our opinion. Cellulose has the highest recycled content of any other insulation in the market.
The R value is 3.6 to 3.8 per inch and there is no significant difference over the wide range of density. If you decide to install cellulose in your attic, the R-value will be R38 and that's about 10 inches of cellulose insulation.
Cellulose comes in loose-fill and packed as batts. The loose fill covers all ground in corners and such. Typically good to use in walls, and open attic. Batts are installed in the cavities of the building.
By far the most popular choice of insulation to choose from. People chose this insulation over the others mostly because of the cost. It's very cost friendly and takes care of the job.
Fiberglass is made out of spun glass fibers. The product is weighed and sent into a melting furnace. The raw material is weighed into a very high temperature furnace to melt. Streams of vitreous that melted are either spun into fiber, or drawn through tiny holes in rapidly rotating spinners. When made into blown insulation, the method for the batts remains the same but instead of compacting the insulation into a batt the material is left loose and unbonded.
Forms that fiberglass insulation comes in is batts and blown insulation. R Value of fiberglass comes in R-13, R-15, R-19. and R-38. R-13 - R19 is recommended for the walls and crawlspace, R-38 is best used in the attic. The thickness ranges from 3.5 - 12 inches. When used as a blown insulation the thickness comes in 14.8 inches.
Fiberglass lifetime can withstand over 50 years.
As far as being ecofriendly, fiberglass tries its best and that's what counts. Unfortunately, not all glass cutlets are of sufficient quality to be used in the fiberglass manufacturing process. However, for the glass that is recycled comes from windows, automotive, and/or bottle glass. The raw material makes up 30% - 50% input!
This is a new kind of insulation, and is ecofriendly for you environmental lovers! This insulation is costly however it is highly effective and helps save the planet! Yes, that’s the best part!
The material is made out of scrapes and clippings of manufacture denim. So no worries, this is not your neighbor's old beat up jeans that they finally throughout. It’s just the scraps and clippings of material to make the new jeans. So instead of throwing it away, they found another use for the scrapes; pretty awesome right?
The insulation is suitable for residential and commercial buildings.
Recycled denim insulation comes in various R value; R-13, R-19, R-21, and R-30. The R value is similar to the cellulose. The way denim insulation comes is in batts, and the installation is similar to fiberglass batts.
Might we add... that the performance of Denim Insulation is 30% higher than the traditional kind of insulation, and creates a quieter noise level for homeowners?
No health concerns also, recycled denim doesn't irritate the skin or the respiratory tract.
Another great thing! Denim insulation does not require a carcinogenic warning label (California’s Proposition 65: warning of products that can cause cancer).
Denim insulation is treated with EPA approved borate solution to allow the denim to be Class A fire resistance rating.
And is treated for mold, mildew, and pest with EPA - registered fungal inhibitor for additional protection.
Pure Eco recommends keeping clean ducts and make sure they are in a good condition. Why? Think of your ductwork as the circular system of your home. It circulates the cold and warm air inside to make you feel comfortable from the conditions outside. So making sure that your ductwork is clean is extremely important. If you start to feel that the temperature conditions in your home is not feeling the same then you might have to do one of two things; clean or replace the ducts.
Due to poor conditions in your duct work can result to higher bills and poor air quality inside of your home. Leaky ducts can be a health hazard for those family members who have asthma or allergies. Ducts that are not sealed properly, dirty, or old can release pollen, dust, and other allergens which will affect your breathings, skin irritants and eye irritants.
This is never a good thing and a horrible experience to deal with. Average ductwork last between ten to fifteen years. If you are unsure how long you have had the duct work we suggest asking a professional; like us to inspect your home to make sure you are living in a healthy strong home!
Even if you have insulation, radiant barrier, and brand new ductwork… it is extremely important to reinsure all this work with an air seal. Air seal goes to those areas in your attic, crawl space, walls, windows, ductwork, lighting, and the list goes on and on… to keep the air right where it belongs.
A drafty home waste so much of the resources that you use to make the house air temperature the way you want it to feel. So talk about throwing money out the window, this is what you are really doing, and that's no fun! Because that's resulting to higher energy bills.
If you decide to air seal… which we highly recommend to do, this will result too much lower energy bills and a comfortable temperature house to your liking.
Think of air seal as insurance, or a backup cloud to your computer… just making sure it all is secured.
Oh how do we love radiant barrier! Why you may ask? The radiant barrier we use here at Pure Eco is the same material that NASA use; how cool is that?! The purpose of radiant barrier is to reflect the sun's radiation from your attic. The radiation is what makes your attic so hot! Which results to a hot house. And so now, you have to blast that AC extra hard; to make the room feel somewhat deceit. Living in Southern California we definitely do not need that, it's hot enough alone, the extra help is unnecessary.
Benefits That Comes With An Energy Efficient Home
How nice will it feel to receive some money back for you just upgrading your home! We know that you would want some money back from your home improvements, and this is how and where.
Energy star is offering credits for energy efficient home improvements. Just check out this website to find out what you need to do in order to receive tax credits.
Also Check out the IRS site to find out more details in order to receive some tax credits, or you can call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) and ask for Form 5695.
SoCal Gas has a rebate and incentive program, check out the link below to find out how to qualify and get some cash back!
Reach out to us!
The aim of Pure Eco Inc. is to cut the loss of energy. We are here to serve you and want you to save money in the midst of all the expensive invoices; for energy efficient home improvements. If we can find a way to save you money, whether through us and any promotions we are offering, or through the city or government, we want you to have access to that. Feel free to ask our team members “How can I save money?”, and we will be more than happy to assist you.
Give us a call and set up an appointment with a Pure Eco inspector. Our team of advisers and technicians are well-trained, and educated on the latest energy efficiency techniques. They will make sure to guide you through each and every step along the process, so by the end you will be better off financially on a monthly basis by cutting on your energy bills!