Green Insulation Doesn't Have To Be Green... Get Creative!
Going green has become more and more popular with individuals and businesses. It's a step in the right direction to help protect our environment and help use our limited resources wisely. As recycling continues to become more important for our future, consumers are increasing their awareness levels regarding the things they buy to help the environment. To help keep energy costs down, many people are opting for green insulation for their home. This helps replace the need for artificial insulating materials such as foam or fiber glass. These materials can be very expensive to obtain and eventually can become harmful to our environment and clog up our landfills with excessive waste. Going green can also be an inexpensive alternative to batt insulation or foam insulation, if you know where to look. One of the nicest things about using environmentally friendly insulation is the flexibility to choose from several different types of green insulation.
When choosing a green insulation product, there are several factors that you will need to consider before making a selection. For one, price. Sometimes going green is cheap, other times, it's not. Staying within your budget should be your number one priority when initiating an insulation project. It may also be beneficial to decide ahead of time how important going green really is to you. Another thing to consider is flammability. Using a highly flammable material as home insulation can create an unnecessary risk; be sure to research any insulation product that you are considering before installing the insulation in your home.
You can go to a thrift shop and obtain denim for a reasonable price or even free denim, if you happen to go to the right place. The denim will need to be treated with some type of fire retardant coating before it can be used as a form of green insulation. Remember that anything that you use as insulation needs to be safe, and should not pose an unreasonable safety risk to you or your home. Recycled denim can be a valuable resources to help meet your insulation needs and for a very reasonable cost.
Wool has been used as a form of green insulating material for hundreds of years, except that wool has been used to insulate our bodies more than it has been used as green home insulation. Some insulation material companies are now producing bulk wool insulation by compacting defective sections of wool that was originally intended for apparel use. The good news is, using wool for insulation is safe; you don't have to worry about breathing in particles of fiberglass or foam fumes due to the material. The bad news is, using wool as green insulate can be expensive and difficult to obtain in sufficient quantities to complete the job. Opting for methods of green insulation may not always be the cheapest option, but it is definitely an option that has environmentally friendly benefits.
Similar to wool, quilt batting can be used to insulate your home. There are excellent insulating properties in quilting batting and quilt material and these materials will definitely satisfy your penchant for making sure that you use green insulation. When sold for crafting purposes, quilt batting has a reputation for being expensive, and for what you get, it really is a bit overpriced. Unfortunately, the price doesn't change much when it is purchased as insulation, even when purchased in large quantities. If you are willing to do home insulation in small sections, you could purchase multiple old quilts from your local thrift store and use the quilting material from it. You could also recycle old stuffed animals that aren't used any more and provide them with a new life inside of your walls. Now, if anyone says that it seems like your walls have eyes, you'll know why.
Cellulose is another form of green insulation that can be obtained for a relatively inexpensive price. It basically consists of recycled paper and some binders, and is installed with a special sprayer. The money you save on the material may be easily offset by the price and labor of installation. The main concern that I would have about using any type of paper product as green insulation would be the natural tendency to attract mice and other rodents. Of course, the fire hazard aspect should also be considered when considering using cellulose, recycled cardboard or any other type of green insulation materials.
Finding green insulation is a great way to save money on the energy costs of your home while doing something great for the environment. As long as all local building codes are upheld, feel free to use your imagination to find a suitable material for your next insulation project. If you get creative enough, the availability and variety of green stuff just may surprise you.