In the era of cheap energy, people did not take insulating into account when building their homes. Sure they put something in between the studs, but not to the extent we do today. Energy is expensive now. Saving a hundred dollars a month on heating and cooling bills is real money at the end of the year.
Cheap energy characterized the period before the energy crisis in the early 1970s. Gas for your car, leaded of course, was just 29 cents a gallon meaning you could fill an entire tank for under seven bucks. Home heating bills were around $30 a month for a decent sized house. Then, our dependence on foreign oil caught up to us and the oil producing countries figured that they could get wealthier just by joining together and dictating oil production and price through a cartel. Fair? It is their oil after all.
So enter the era of insulating homes and putting a better barrier between the inside and the outside. Any home built before energy prices skyrocketed has become a candidate for retrofitting more than just the kitchens and the baths. If you watch the home and garden shows on television almost every one of the remodels they profile has a focus on how to make the home more energy efficient and cost efficient in the future. Insulation is a big part of that equation. Whether it is batt insulation that fits between the rafters or floor joists or wall joists, or sound insulating barriers between units that also provides a fire separation to spray foam insulation which is the ultimate in air and vapor barrier, there is a solution that fits the budget as well as fits the particular location where needed. Discover more about insulating your home by viewing the video that is located below this text. You can learn a lot about what kinds of insulation there are, how they are used, and what benefits accrue to the user no matter which type you choose. And, at the end, you will find how much money you save and over time, that can really add up to a lot.
Wall Insulating Video