R-Value is the rating given to the efficiency of insulation. The higher the rating, the better the insulation is at keeping your home at the temperature you want.
But wait, isn't this a blog about floors? What does insulation have to do with flooring?
Because I recently learned that carpet is the only floor covering material available that has been recognized to measurably improve your home's R-Value.
The Home Star Bill (also known as Cash for Caulkers) is meant to encourage home owners to increase the energy efficiency of their home.
- Rebates of as much as 50%, up to $3,000, for energy-saving efforts (or up to $250 for DIY projects)
- Reimbursements for comprehensive energy audits and reduction of a home's total consumption (Reduce your energy usage by at least 20% and you could receive up to $8,000 in rebates!)
- This bill has the potential to cut energy bills by up to $500 a year for about 3 million households.
Wool for a Better World - the blog of New Zealand Wool (recognized as the highest quality of wool available) - also commented on the insulative properties of carpet, focusing on the unique properties of wool carpet and rugs, of course.
Because of the natural engineering that went into the construction of wool fibers, wool has been and continues to be recognized as the most useful and most efficient of all fibers and is what all synthetics strive to become when they grow up.
Also, wool can absorb up to 40% of its weight in water and still feel dry. 'As they absorb moisture, wool fibers warm up reducing humidity and condensation in the room. Conversely as moisture evaporates back into the air it cools down. This process means less energy is required to heat and cool a room' says Wool for a Better World.
Rugs and carpet have been known to add warmth to a space, but - go figure - with their insulative properties they also help keep your home cool!
read their blog post: 'Cash For Caulkers, Carpet For Energy-Saving: Homeowners Benefit'.
Also check out Wool For A Better World's blog post on the subject: 'Staying Cool with Wool Rugs'.
How are you taking the bull of rising energy costs by the horns? Do you have any energy saving tips that you would like to share?