Spray Foam Insulation Plus Solar Gets Max Efficiency
For many southern Louisiana homeowners like Carmel Fejka of Metairie, a solar PV system is a logical choice. Customers who go solar report savings of as much as $100 per month, and a solar system increases a home’s resale value by $17k, according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
However, Fejka made a decision that some homeowners don’t consider when installing solar panels: he chose to reduce before producing. What exactly does that mean?
Homes without sufficient, properly applied insulation waste upwards of 10% of their home’s energy through air leaks alone. If you add in the energy loss created when heating and cooling must constantly run to maintain a comfortable temperature, the cost of energy waste goes even higher.
No matter where the energy is coming from, wasted energy is wasted energy. That’s why wise homeowners, like Fejka, address the problem of insulation and air sealing prior to the installation of a solar grid.
Fejka chose to have our SPFA certified spray foam installers encapsulate his attic with open cell spray foam insulation before installing his solar PV system. Open cell spray foam fills in cracks and gaps that allow the loss of conditioned air and the infiltration of exterior air, and it insulates Fejka’s Metairie home from the sun’s brutal radiant energy and the thermal energy that builds up in an uninsulated attic over the course of a southern Louisiana summer day.
According to the Department of Energy, a properly insulated attic can reduce a homeowners’ monthly utility bills between 10% and 50%! That means that a little bit of Fejka’s solar generated power can go a much longer way.
Fortunately for Fejka, our team truly does it all! We were able to encapsulate his attic and install his solar PV system in two days, which means he was able to start reducing and producing in no time!
If you’re an energy conscious, southern Louisiana homeowner considering the transition to solar power, start at the top with an attic encapsulation. Our crew of experienced, knowledgeable energy experts are happy to help you identify a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, more comfortable, and even more affordable!
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