I live in Texas and it's hot, to say the least. In the hopes of reducing our energy use and cost, my husband and father-in-law embarked on a three phase installation project to provide our home with better insulation. I documented Phase 1, installing the radiant barrier on Apartment Therapy and now, wanted to share the results of the GreenFiber installation (Phase 2) with our green community!
As a former Southern California resident, it's been really difficult getting used to the large electric bill living in 100 degree climate and cooling the house to about 74. Many options available to other people (fans, small AC units, open windows) are just not an option when it's this hot. Additional insulation and pumping the AC are our only options. That's why I was so happy to learn about the GreenFiber insulation. Here are a few of the benefits that I was excited about:
• It's eco-friendly: formadelhyde free and made from 85% recycled material.
• It does not contain fiber glass.
• It can be installed DIY style and is low cost at $10.75/bag (each bag covers approx. 40 sq. feet).
I'm happy to report that while the radiant barrier helped with our cooling system, the installation of about six to eight inches of this GreenFiber insulation has significantly changed the temperature of our home and has cut down on the time that our air conditioner is running. It will take a few months to see the final results on our electric bills. If you are planning on doing an installation similar to what we've done here are a few additional tips that you should know:
• Keep your receipts! You may be eligible for an energy tax credit.
• It's a messy job so don't forget to wear a mask.
• You will need an SUV to transport the blow-in machine (which you can rent from Home Depot) to install the insulation.
Good luck keeping cool!
Image: DIY Installation: Adding Radiant Barrier Insulation