Three Simple Reflective Foil Insulation Projects to Save Energy

So you want to save a little energy and lower your utility bills? Or maybe you have just completed a reflective foil insulation project and have some extra material you would like to get rid of. These simple ideas will allow you to save energy and money with minimal effort on your part.

Three Simple Reflective Foil Insulation Projects To Save Energy

Most of these projects require very little material and can be finished in under an hour. If shopping for radiant barrier blocking insulation specifically for one of these projects and you cannot find small rolls here is a tip. Look for reflective foil insulation designed for use in duct wrap applications. The roll sizes are smaller so you will be able to match up the roll size with the project size more easily. Do not worry, if you have too much material you can always pick another project to complete. Or, economize and purchase a larger roll and complete as many projects as you can think of. The choice is yours.

Three Simple Reflective Foil Insulation Projects To Save Energy

Car Sun Visor: You laugh. But, the amount of radiant heat absorbed by your car sitting in the sun is incredible. As the car is all sheet metal and windows, radiant heat passes effortlessly through and is absorbed by everything inside the car. This is why the car is still very warm for minutes, well after all the hot air has been exchanged. For the frequent air conditioning users out there, this is a surefire way to cut down on your gas usage. For those of us without air conditioning or who do not use it, you can at least be guaranteed a much more comfortable climate every time you get inside your car.

Three Simple Reflective Foil Insulation Projects To Save Energy

Hot Water Heater: This convenience is essential to any home and runs as often as you demand hot water. Large families, long showers, Jacuzzi tubs, and dishwashers require additional demands for these heaters to work harder which ultimately means longer. Wrapping your hot water heater in reflective foil insulation is a passive insulation method that helps your heater work less. Every time it runs it will run more efficiently and use less energy. Note: Do not cover up the opening to the pilot light. This area needs to be able to have fresh air exchange.

Three Simple Reflective Foil Insulation Projects To Save Energy

Hot Water Pipes: You can reap long term benefits by wrapping your hot water pipes with reflective foil insulation as well. Just as with your hot water heater, pipes used to deliver the hot water you demand lose radiant heat all the time, making the entire system work harder. Simply cutting strips of foil insulation and wrapping the hot water lines that are exposed in your home is another simple passive way to save energy. You will lose less heat to the cooler areas in your home, typically a basement or crawlspace.

Nick Semon is the owner of Insulationstop.com, a leading online supplier of radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products. He uses his 15 year experience in the building materials industry to provide information to consumers about better insulation practices. For more information on saving energy visit InsulateOurEarth.com.

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