90% of Homes Are Under Insulated

Posted On: October 29, 2015
Attic Insulation

Thought your home was properly insulated? According to the The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) it probably isn’t insulated enough.

NAIMA estimates that roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated. This under insulation is wasting energy, money, and decreasing home comfort.

The method used to come about this estimate came from information in the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Methods developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and applied by Boston University researchers as part of a study supported by NAIMA.

It is said that if all U.S. homes had insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, residential electricity use nationwide would drop by 5% and natural gas use by more than 10%.

Fall is when many homeowners begin to think about home improvements to increase comfort and reduce their energy bills as temperatures drop when winter rolls around. The type of research the NAIMA is conducting should reinforce the message to homeowners and to policymakers that more insulation has significant benefits.

People don’t see insulation so they’re less likely to think about it. Windows and doors are visible so those items are often fixed. Word of advice: pop your head in the attic and see how your attic insulation stands against new standards. It only takes a few minutes and the results can be large in both comfort and cost reduction of energy bills.

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