Most energy-conscious people know that when it comes to home insulation, more is better. But homeowner Alex Cheimets is literally thinking outside the box with his "superinsulation" plan. 

Rather than just blow in a few more inches of standard cellulose insulation in his attic, Cheimets is in the throes of an ambitious project to seal the outside of his home with two layers of insulating foam board. 

Known in building industry as a superinsulated home, the foam blanket will keep hot (and cool) air in, and also block the cracks that let in outside air. If all goes as hoped, he will cut oil consumption by 70% at his 80-year-old, two-family home in Arlington, Mass. 

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Would you 'superinsulate' your home, to save energy?
Most energy-conscious people know that when it comes to home insulation, more is better. But homeowner Alex Cheimets is literally thinking outside the box with his "superinsulation" plan.

Rather than just blow in a few more inches of standard cellulose insulation in his attic, Cheimets is in the throes of an ambitious project to seal the outside of his home with two layers of insulating foam board.

Known in building industry as a superinsulated home, the foam blanket will keep hot (and cool) air in, and also block the cracks that let in outside air. If all goes as hoped, he will cut oil consumption by 70% at his 80-year-old, two-family home in Arlington, Mass.

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13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/27/08 - 4:58:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
sounds expensive
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/27/08 - 5:04:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. We don't have AC, so in the summer that would be horrible.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/09 - 5:47:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have an 80+ year old house, and no doubt that I could save on my energy bill if I were to put a double layer of insulation on the outside- - but I don't think that I'd save enough money to justify the cost of doing that...
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/27/09 - 5:48:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 12/27/08 - 5:04:50 PM toastermonky wrote:
No. We don't have AC, so in the summer that would be horrible.


Insulation works in the summer too- - it keeps the heat outside...
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 6/28/09 - 2:18:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe.

I'd rather have solar panels, though.



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