When thinking about home improvement, many frugal homeowners think about all of the “green” they will spend. Nowadays, though, they can also consider a different kind of green – “green” building.
With unpredictable energy prices and states adopting regulations prohibiting products that emit harmful emissions, eco-friendly building techniques have become a hot topic. In fact, organizations like the Green Building Council have been created to establish standards for incorporating green products and materials into houses.
Here’s some green products or projects you should consider.
Leaky ducts. These can be responsible for 30 percent or more of energy wasted. Caulking around doors, vents, windows, baseboards and moldings can be an inexpensive and easy project. Be sure to choose a high-quality product that abides by regulations controlling volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are pollutants that can damage the ozone.
Siding. If replacing, you should choose a low maintenance material with decent insulation value. For example, natural cedar siding may seem “green”, but it has minimal insulation value and involves regularly staining or painting. Therefore, it may not be an ideal choice.
Insulation. This is perhaps the most important, yet misunderstood, of the many eco-friendly construction techniques. Although it is something a very accomplished DIY-er can accomplish, sometimes it just makes sense to contact some experts for help.
Anchor Insulation, founded in 1980 as a simple “pipe covering” shop, has become one of the most respected insulation companies in the northeast United States. Their experienced crews install fiberglass and cellulose insulation in buildings of all shapes and sizes – both residential and commercial.
Their website, AnchorInsulation.com, is a great example of their expertise and thoroughness. It is literally packed with useful information and advice regarding all aspects of insulation, both commercial and residential.
Although Anchor Insulation specializes in insulation for buildings – most notably “green” insulation like cellulose and spray foam insulation – they also provide expertise in a number of other areas like industrial and marine applications, boilers, power plant insulation, and a variety of mechanical applications.
Construction professionals, homeowners, do-it-yourself-ers, and building managers will all benefit from exploring the AnchorInsulation.com website.
Let’s look at the layout of the AnchorInsulation.com website, the layout of which is very clear and easy to navigate.
The first section, for Building Professionals and Homeowners, provides detailed information about several insulation applications, from spray foam insulation for attics and crawlspaces, to fiberglass batts in walls and other similar applications. Quite frankly, I had no idea there were so many different insulation types, let alone so many different specific situations they should be used in.
The next section is oriented toward Industrial, Marine, and Mechanical applications. This includes insulating pipes, ducts and tanks; insulation for acoustic control, and energy auditing/appraisal.
The third section explores Anchor’s Refractory Services, which includes Boiler and Tank Cleaning and equipment packages and gaskets for boilers and similar. While this section will probably not be of interest to the average homeowner, it does demonstrate a depth of knowledge and experience Anchor is famous for.
I really like the extensive information available on the website. As a do-it-yourself-er and wanna-be contractor, I am always researching new projects on my “to do” list, several of which include improving the insulation in my home. On nearly every page I encountered PDF’s I could download with specs and insulation values for different materials in specific situations.
I also enjoyed reading the various testimonials that displayed real gratitude and appreciation from their past customers. My overall impression is that Anchor is one of those companies that not only works well with the “big guys”, but bends over backward to help out the “little guy” as well. Nice to see.