Improve your home's insulation
Improving the insulation and air sealing in your home can be the single most effective way to save energy. In a typical home, over 45% of a home's heating and cooling can be lost through the walls, roof, and floor. Improvements to insulation can help you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while reducing your heating and cooling bills.
How to install:
Do-it-yourself option: You may be able to install insulation on your own in certain areas. An attic without heating or cooling is a prime area for an insulation project with great results. If you decide to take on an insulation project yourself, be cautious of electrical wiring and other potential safety hazards.
What to look for: All insulation products have an "R-value," which means the resistance of the material to heat transfer. A higher R-value means a better insulation value. Consult your contractor or the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the right R-value for your home.
Good to know:
- Seal air leaks in walls and ceilings at the same time you improve insulation. A home energy evaluation can identify the sources of these drafts in your home. This evaluation is also the first step to participating in NB Power's Total Home Energy Savings Program. Get more information about the program here.
- Consider improving your insulation before replacing your heating or cooling system. With better insulation, a smaller furnace, heat pump or air conditioning system may be sufficient.