How green is your insulation?

Many homeowners are looking to boost their energy efficiency and reduce bills by adding insulation.

Not all insulation, however, is created equal.

A sustainable insulation not only performs well but is manufactured responsibly. It will reduce the overall carbon footprint with efficient manufacturing and shipping, such as reducing water and energy use at the plant and using special packaging to transport more product in fewer loads. It has limited environmental effect over its life span and has very low or no emissions of volatile organic compounds—an important component of a healthy home. It should also consist of renewable and recycled content, which puts materials to good use instead of being landfilled.

To learn more about creating a sustainable, energy-efficient home and to find a nearby insulation contractor, visit