How can foam insulation help save you money? Well the answer is simple: by preventing the outside from coming in and the inside from going out, which reduces your need for more power to make up for the energy loss. This is also the major component of demand response, which has been recognized as the best way to control the demand and consumption of energy in the US today. It is also regarded as the most effective way to get people to use less energy and decrease carbon emissions.
Global Efficient Energy has been a leader in demand response products and services even before it was discovered to be the best way to significantly cut energy bills and CO2 emissions. Today, GEE has taken yet another leap in the fight against climate change by teaming up with Icynene, the manufacturer of high-performance spray foam insulation with a presence in over 31 countries worldwide. If you only have solar or are considering the option of solar and insulation, here are a few ways that insulation—alone or combined with solar—can maximize your energy savings:
- Spray foam is cost effective: Spray foam has many advantages in terms of cost effectiveness and energy savings. About 40% of a home’s heat loss is from outside air leaking into the home through uninsulated areas. Spray foam fills the cracks and small areas throughout your home that allow air to leak in, thereby preventing you from turning up the heat or the air conditioner. This is a lot cheaper than gutting your home and putting in a new vapor barrier. Overall foam insulation will save you a pretty sizable chunk of change.
- Demand response pays: Demand response is going to become a more significant part of our lives as renewables come further into play and as the government begins to regulate energy consumption. When the grid is overrun with demand this causes your energy company to charge you more per kilowatt (kW) because back-up (and many times less efficient) power plants are needed to cover the energy demand to prevent black-outs. When homeowners voluntarily cut back during peak hours, they will be compensated for preventing the back-up power plants from having to kick in and cost everyone more money. Kind of like net metering.
- Solar combined with spray foam may save you twice as much: Solar panels provide your home with just enough energy to cover your consumption. When you overproduce—meaning you make more power than you use—the power company (if they allow net metering) will give you a credit for the electricity you produced that went back into the grid. Foam insulation would potentially give your panels an added boost because you would not need to use as much energy to heat or cool your home. Meaning more money for you, less strain on the grid, and the environment.
In short, Icynene foam insulation is a good choice for everyone because all homes have gaps, cracks, and cavities that let air in and affect in-home climate. So if you’re considering energy upgrades and retrofits foam insulation might be the best place to start.