Just as the weather is starting to cool down, prices are starting to heat up—and we mean way up. In Canada, annual inflation in September of 2021 stood at 4.4%. That’s more than twice the Bank of Canada’s target rate of 2% and is a marked increase from the 0.7% annual inflation from a year prior. Driving that increase in consumer prices was the price of gasoline that shot up by more than 30%. That price increase has been reflected in higher transportation costs and—most importantly as we head into the cold, winter months—home heating costs.
Given the current supply chain crisis, the structural budget increases stemming from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and net-zero commitments at COP26, it doesn’t look like fuel-related prices will be coming back down any time soon. As inflation begins to bite, consumers will look to stretch their dollars as far as they can go or, simply, cut back on their energy-related expenses altogether. Fortunately, one of the things that consumers won’t have to forego is home-heating. Savvy and knowledgeable contractors can offer their clients a solution to their energy-related price woes in the form cellulose insulation. Not only is cellulose insulation guaranteed to reduce home-heating bills but it is also a more environmentally-friendly solution than the viable alternatives.
Cellulose Insulation is Energy Efficient
For the average Canadian home, heating accounts for nearly 62% of home energy consumption. Given the increasing costs to heat our homes, allowing heat to escape into the frigid winter air is the same as throwing money out the window and burying it beneath a snowbank. Improving our home’s ability to retain heat can help us save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Enough for a vacation to somewhere warmer.
When it comes to heat retention, cellulose insulation is tough to beat. Fibreglass insulation, for example, increases air tightness (a measure of the potential for heat retention) by 41%. Cellulose insulation, on the other hand, increases air tightness by a whopping 74%. A 1989/1990 University of Colorado study further established the superior heat-retention quality of cellulose insulation. The School of Architecture and Planning found that cellulose insulation conserved 26.4% more energy and had a 38% better overall performance than fiberglass. If there was an exchange rate between heat retention and dollars, it would be…a lot.
The cost-saving benefits of using an insulating material with high heat retention don’t just end at keeping heating bills low. The fact that cellulose insulation is better at keeping heat inside and cold outside means that homes don’t need to use as much of the material to maintain comfort temperatures. While it is possible to attain the same level of heat retention with fibreglass insulation, it would require much more of the material to do and consumers would end up spending more money on an inferior product.
For contractors looking to help their clients save money—and stay warm—the energy-saving advantages of cellulose insulation speak for themselves. And unlike other cost-saving alternatives, cellulose insulation is environmentally friendly.
Cellulose insulation is made of anywhere between 75% and 85% recycled materials. At Climatizer Insulation, we like to fulfill our environmental obligations and maximize our use of recycled materials. We make Climatizer PlusTM Cellulose Insulation with 85% recycled newspapers that we source locally to cut down on the environmental impacts of industrial transportation. Furthermore, we are strategically located in Etobicoke, further reducing the impact and cost of transporting our products to your work sites.
A Cost Saving Way to Heat Your Home
Often times, consumers and homebuilders will look to the obvious ways to reduce their home heating bills—i.e., they’ll shut off the thermostat, throw on their winter coat and make themselves some hot chocolate. While replacing insulation or adding more might seem like a daunting task, it is the most direct way to affect your home’s heat retention. Furthermore, with Climatizer’s catalogue of new and pre-owned Krendl Machine Co.TM blowing and removing machines, installing cellulose insulation can be a breeze for contractors and experienced DIY-ers alike. Contact us today and start saving money.