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What is Weatherization?

There are substantial non-energy benefits from DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The study documents benefits to utility ratepayers, the economy, and the environment that are in addition to the energy benefits that reduce the energy bills of families by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes.

How to value non-energy benefits of weatherization?

Among others, the non-energy benefits of weatherization include:
  • For participating households, there are reduced water consumption and accompanying water and sewer fees, and an increase in property values.
  • For utility ratepayers, there are reduced costs for bill collection and service shut-offs. And because weatherization addresses the safety of major appliances, the utility has fewer emergency calls.
  • For the local economy, DOE's investment in energy efficiency generates a whole range of jobs in local home services industries. Nationwide, the Weatherization Assistance Program generates 8,000 jobs, which increases the tax base in communities throughout the country and indirectly supports other jobs. Furthermore, weatherization reduces the burden of unemployment payments for taxpayers and local businesses.
  • For national security, weatherization decreases U.S. energy use the equivalent of 15 million barrels of oil every year.
  • For the environment, the reduction in energy consumption reduces the need for combustion of fossil fuels and the resulting emissions into the atmosphere.

The report noted that there are additional benefits from weatherization that are not covered in the study because a monetary value cannot be assigned to them.

Information Source: Department of Energy

Our Products

* Deliver high-efficiency thermal insulation and effective R-value.
* Offer permanent and proven fire resistance for the life of the structure.
* Reduce nuisance noise when used in walls.
* Offer a more comfortable living space.
* Are made from 85% recycled paper fiber.
* Support energy conservation programs focused on environmental responsibility.

The bottom line for homeowners is that it is possible to achieve greater comfort and lower energy bills at the same time, through tighter construction and better insulation.

Whether it's our loose-fill cellulose used for insulating attics, adding insulation over existing insulation for additional R-value, or professionally installed stabilized insulation for protecting your entire home, GreenFiber Cocoon Insulation gives you a durable, safe, cost effective solution to your insulation needs.

Energy Tax Credits

The bad news
Heating bills are predicted to soar this winter between 20% and 50% more than what you paid last year; and they may not decline for years to come.

The good news
By installing Greenfiber's GreenFiber in your home between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009, you can claim a tax credit of up to $500 on the amount spent. When used in your attic and walls, GreenFiber will reduce heat loss and air infiltration, ultimately reducing costly fuel bills during the heating and cooling seasons. The recent tax credit -  a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax bill -  is an added incentive for you to purchase GreenFiber to save both energy and money in the future. This tax credit must be used only for your primary residence and not for energy improvements done to a vacation home or second residence.

More about the Energy Policy Act of 2005
On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act, which initiated the first comprehensive energy plan in a generation to encourage conservation and energy efficiency. This new energy legislation includes provisions that will help American families save money and energy in the next two years by home conservation measures. Home energy efficiency qualifications include:
  • A 10% cost-based credit up to $500 for any insulation material or system specifically designed to reduce heat loss or gain. Installation of GreenFiber qualifies for this credit.
  • A 30% cost-based credit up to $2,000 for installation of solar-powered, hot-water systems for purposes other than heating a swimming pool or hot tub.
  • A $200 credit for installation of new exterior windows or doors.
  • A $300 credit for purchases of a highly efficient central air conditioner, heat pump or water heater.
  • A $150 credit for installation of a highly efficient furnace or boiler.
  • A 10% investment tax credit for expenditures with respect to improvements to a structure's envelope.
    For complete information on the energy bill and tips on energy conservation, visit the government energy web site at www.energy.gov.