Different Types of Green Insulation for An Eco Friendly Home

When we first purchased our houses, chances are, there were some things that already came with it that we didn’t give much thought about at the time. TakeĀ insulation, for instance. It’s usually not until we notice some wear and tear or a leak that we even think about how important it is to our home’s structure. And yet, the reality is that insulation helps to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature, it aids in reducing the amount of noise that happens in different rooms of the house and it can also reduce the amount of energy that you use when it comes to using your central air.

So obviously, insulation is important. But, what happens if it’s time to get some of it replaced and you’re looking for some that is eco-friendly? Do you have a lot of options to choose from? The answer is “yes”. Below, we have enclosed a list of the five kinds of green insulation that we would recommend you put into your home:

Cellulose. Probably the most recommended kind of green insulation would be cellulose, which is made up of a mixture of shredded newspaper and Boric acid. It’s 100 percent recyclable, it requires 10 times less energy than fiberglass insulation does and it doesn’t support the growth of home health hazards such as mold and fungus.

Soy spray foam. Another alternative is soy spray foam. One of the best things about this option is that you can actually spray it into the areas where you need insulation and that can help you to fill in the small cracks and holes that you might have. Soy spray foam is made from all natural ingredients, it expands approximately 100 times to its size and it’s extremely lightweight and very easy to manage.

Sheep’s wool. There probably aren’t a lot of people who put “sheep’s wool” and “insulation” in the same sentence, but after knowing how helpful it be, they just might start. The people who have tried this option like it because sheep’s wool has the uncanny ability to naturally form air pockets that trap in the air. Plus, it’s all natural and renewable, it needs 15 percent less energy to be produced than fiberglass insulation and it has the ability to extinguish itself in the case of a house fire.

Cotton. Do you have some old clothes like some blue jeans or T-shirts laying around? If so, you just might have the perfect home insulation solution. Cotton is a natural and renewable kind of resource that can be a great substitute for fiberglass. One of the main reasons is because it can be processed in a way where it also can be rolled into batts. Plus, it has no harmful chemicals in it, it’s great for absorbing moisture and it’s an excellent insect repellent.

Straw Bale. It’s kind of ironic that in the Three Little Pigs story, the house of straw did not withstand the big, bad wolf, but actually straw is a wonderful insulation solution. It’s also made from a renewable source, it’s extremely energy-efficient, it requires a lot less labor than working with other insulation materials and it’s extremely affordable. Children’s fables aside, those are all excellent reasons to give some straw bale a try.

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