One of the best ways to incorporate green real estate in Seattle into your property is to take a look at your insulation. No matter what kind of energy you are using for your heat or to keep your place cool, you’ll save money and use less energy by making sure that you have your house well insulated.
While there will be some expenses involved to upgrade your insulation and make your home draft-free, it is one of the most important ways that you can improve the cooling and heating efficiency in your house. Making your home as airtight as possible is a definite energy saver that needs to be looked at by every homeowner.
Here are some of your options for green insulation options.
1. Look for recycled cellulose materials that are manufactured from wool or cotton, which are natural fibers and stay away from any insulation that contains formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly used as a form of binding agent in a lot of insulation. As well, stay away from fiberglass, which is currently being investigated as to its role in causing allergies and asthma.
2. Recycled newsprint can be used as insulation when it has been properly treated with fire retardant natural chemicals. It is interesting to note that this type of cellulose insulation is more fire resistant than insulation made from fiberglass.
3. Something new on the market is a soy foam that can be sprayed into the walls much like conventional formaldehyde foam. Soy is a lot less toxic and since it is a renewable source of energy it fits right into the green real estate in Seattle trend.
Insulation using straw bale is another option that is becoming more popular. When this straw is covered with plaster and is compressed, it becomes oxygen deficient and resists combustion.
When you’re addressing the green real estate in Seattle issue don’t forget about your insulation. There is a lot of eco-friendly kinds of insulation on the market right now that will make help make your home airtight without adding deadly toxins to the air that you breathe.
This blog is courtesy of Adrian Willanger at Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates 206 909-7536 helping people buy and sale homes in the Greater Seattle area.
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