Super Insulated House

A super insulated house will significantly lower your energy costs in cold and temperate climates.
By Michael Scott
September/October 1983
Add to My MSN

Whether it's in Minnesota or North Carolina, a super insulated house will save the owner a lot of money.
Photo by Fotolia/spectrumblue


Content Tools

Related Content

Honey Harvest - Part One

One of the most fun parts of beekeeping is harvesting honey. Here we will look at the first part of...

Is There Anything I Can Put in a Birdbath to Keep It From Freezing?

Yes, you can keep your birdbath from freezing during the winter. Here's how.

Air-Source Heat Pumps

High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

10 easy steps to get your home prepared for winter.

We've retired to the North Carolina coast and plan to build an energy-efficient home there. We're receptive to just about any type of structure but do want something that'll offer significant energy savings in relation to our initial investment. Is a super insulated house actually cost-effective in the climates typical of the Southeast? 

Definitely. A super-insulated home can be cost-effective on the cold plains of central Minnesota, in the moderate mountain climate of western North Carolina, or in the warm ocean climate of Cape Hatteras. Essentially because it can contain, as well as keep out, both cold and heat, much as does a vacuum bottle.

I've put together a Super Insulated Home Chart to clarify the advantages.

Table 1 briefly summarizes the construction and insulation differences between a conventional and a super insulated house, though the recommended insulation levels would depend on the regional costs of labor and materials, as well as on the climate.

Table 2 shows heating and cooling savings for a typical super insulated home (if the design, construction costs, and materials costs are the same for each example) in the locations I've mentioned.

In a nutshell, winter heating needs can be reduced in a super insulated structure by more than 80 percent in Minnesota, and by 94 percent to 97 percent in the North Carolina locations. The same dwelling designed for the Minnesota climate can cut air-conditioning needs by 60 percent. 


Michael Scott is an insulation expert and super insulation pioneer.







Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.