Cellulose Insulation

Did You Know: Almost 67% of all heat loss occurs in the ceilings and walls of a building. Properly insulating these areas of the building can dramatically reduce your energy bills.

A properly insulated and weatherized home can provide not only savings on your utility bills, but also comfort. We call the areas where insulation is needed the unconditioned space or non-heated area. These areas are more commonly known as your attic, sidewalls, and basement. There are many different types of insulation to use in these areas, however cellulose offers the biggest impact for existing and new construction.

Cellulose Insulation Sample

What is Cellulose?

Insulation prevents the loss of thermal energy both in the winter and summer. In the winter it prevents the heat from escaping your home and the summer it prevents heat from coming into your home. This is done by placing insulation in the walls, attics, and floors to resist this action.

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper with both mold resistance and fire retardant proprieties within the product. This makes it one of the greenest products in the world, which is a renewable, natural resource which diverts waste from landfills. Cellulose insulation not only limits greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing, but also prevents waste paper from releasing environmentally harmful gases as it decomposes.

If all the paper currently being put into landfills was converted to cellulose insulation, it would save approximately 7,030,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. That is the equivalent of taking all the cars off the road in New Mexico and Nevada each and every year.1

1 (Sources: National Auto Dealers Association; Paper Industry Assoc. Council 2006; EPA)

Other Benefits:

Cellulose insulation can also act as a sound dampener when packed into walls and floors. This is a great way to get the piece and quiet from the kids playroom or the bathroom noise next to a bedroom.

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A Few Green Facts:

  • Cellulose takes less energy to make than any other insulation material.
  • Cellulose has the highest level of post-consumer recycled content in the industry - up to 85% recycled newspaper. Paper is the largest component of landfills and producing cellulose insulation diverts waste from the landfills thus saving valuable space. Fiberglass has a maximum of 40% recycled content and foam products have 0%.
  • Cellulose insulation prevents the release of greenhouse gases (methane) as newspapers decompose in landfills.
  • Cellulose insulation can be locally produced. Using local recycling programs and independent recyclers and servicing communities close to home brings new meaning to the old slogan “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Cellulose Insulation Comparison Chart