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Why improve my home's energy efficiency?

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18-May-2015
Energy

Energy is an important part of our everyday lifestyles. We use energy in our homes and workplaces to keep us comfortable when we switch the light on, use a heater in winter or air-conditioner in summer. Reducing the amount of energy used in every-day living is now part of living. Creating a comfort zone for your home that keeps the heat out in summer and the warm in during winter with insulation reduces the amount of energy you use in your home. The right insulation in your home when combined with good design can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 70% **reference required**.

Glasswool insulation is an excellent insulating material. Glass is not a good conductor of heat and when spun into wool it makes an ideal product to keep you comfortable. Glasswool insulation batts contain millions of air pockets which are able to trap heat and stop the transfer of heat into your home in summer and heat out in winter. Glasswool batts provide the same insulating values summer and winter.

The insulation industry has a history of claims and counter-claims about the health and safety risks of varying products. Glasswool batts and Polyester insulation have been thoroughly researched and found to be safe. There are no long term health concerns from using Insulco glasswool batts or polyester insulation. In fact, Insulco glasswool batts are bio-soluble and after extensive testing by the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), glasswool batts have been classified as category 3 - not classifiable as carcinogenic to humans.

Glasswool insulation has also been classified according to the criteria of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) as non-hazardous. Glasswool can cause short term irritation to the skin, eyes, nose and throat, so we recommend that a dust mask, goggles, gloves and a long sleeved shirt be worn to prevent any discomfort when handling these materials.

Our glasswool and polyester products are also classified as Low Allergen as they emit no measurable volatile organic compounds, which are known to trigger allergies. They are not a primary cause of asthma or bronchitis and unlike some insulating materials the fibres are bonded within the product to minimise risk of fibre migration around the ceiling space or into the home.

Our Glasswool batts are also manufactured from at least 80% and up to 100% recycled glass, further reducing the impact of waste and reusing glass to make a product that further reduces energy use.

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