There are a variety of reasons to insulate your home, and one of the most compelling is the amount of money properly installed insulation can save a homeowner. You spend a lot of money heating and cooling your home and if there is insufficient insulation, a lot of that hard earned money is literally going right out the window, through the roof and even through the floor. Insulation is one of the best improvements you can make to your home and gives you a great return on your investment while you are living there and when it’s time to sell.
The Verdict Is In: Insulation Saves Money
The Energy Star program has estimated that properly insulating a typical home can save a homeowner up to 15% on heating and cooling bills. If you live in an older home, the savings could be even more.
Think of an uninsulated home as having leaks and insulation stops those leaks, keeping the cooling and heating in the home where it belongs. Fewer leaks mean your energy bill dollars go farther, and your home is more comfortable.
Remodeler Magazine releases an annual “Cost vs. Value” report that analyzes the return on investment of popular home improvements. In the 2016 report, insulating an attic with fiberglass insulation was the number one improvement for the money, resulting in an 117% return on investment. It’s important to consider that the report only calculates the return in relation to the home’s value. The savings in energy expenses adds up to an even greater return on that investment.
Do The Math
Residential electricity costs have nearly doubled in just over a decade, and there’s no reason to think these increases will slow down anytime soon. The Department of Energy makes doing the math easy if you want to see the savings for yourself. They offer the Home Energy Saver calculator to help homeowners understand the return they can expect on energy upgrades, including insulation.
But the savings aren’t necessarily limited to the amount of money you can save on energy bills or the increased value of your home. There are a variety of local, state and federal utility incentives available to homeowners who do their part to conserve energy by investing in insulation. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a good source of information on utility incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Even the IRS wants to reward you for saving energy. Homeowners can be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500 of qualified energy efficiency improvements that include insulation. There’s a lot of ways investing in insulation pays a homeowner back, and when you add it all up, it’s easy to see that insulation is one home improvement that almost pays for itself!