Minnesota Attic Insulation Eden Prairie MN

Eden Prairie MN Attic Insulation

Since heating and cooling account for the majority of energy costs in homes throughout the United States, unless your house located in paradise, where the weather is always perfect, it will most likely need some amount of heating and cooling for portions of the year. In a climate like Minnesota’s, insulating your attic is a must, especially with the rising costs of heating and cooling our homes!

If you do not have at least 16½” of insulation in your attic, prepare yourself for cooling bill shock. It is not uncommon for many families to be looking at $200, $300, $400, and sometimes even $500 in utility bills every month. That can be an especially hard pill to swallow when times are tight – especially with gas prices rising.

Where Does My Money Go?

The annual energy bill for a typical single home is approximately $2,200.  Since energy costs are only continuing to rise, it’s a smart idea to protect your home against these rising expenses.

  • Heating –  29%
  • Cooling – 17%
  • Water Heating – 14%
  • Appliances – 13%
    (includes refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer)
  • Lighting – 12%
  • Electronics – 4%
    (includes computer and monitor and TV and DVD player)
  • Other* – 11%
    (includes external power adapters, telephony, set-top boxes, ceiling fans, vent fans and home audio)

Source: Typical House Memo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009 and Typical house_2009_Reference.xls spreadsheet.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDE), the attic is where most of your home’s heat escapes to. Why? Well, heat rises, and most homes don’t have enough insulation up there to keep it from getting out. So, out it floats.

Older homes are particularly vulnerable, leading to high heating and air conditioning bills. Most homes built before 1930 have no insulation at all. Home built more recently may only be partially insulated.  You might think your house is too new — however, even if your home is as little as 5 to 10 years old, you likely have one of the 46 million under-insulated homes in the U.S.  So, it really doesn’t matter when your house was built — everyone has room for improvement. This can translate into saving money, which is always a good thing.

So, what’s in your home’s walls?  Probably not enough.

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

If your home doesn’t have adequate insulation, you may be losing up to 25% of your heating or cooling energy. Installing or upgrading your home’s insulation is one of the best investments you can make to lower your energy bill. Include air sealing and weather stripping with your project to increase the benefits.

Minnesota Home Insulation Rebates

As a qualified Minnesota homeowner, you can earn rebates on energy-saving home improvements. If your home doesn’t have adequate insulation, you may qualify for a home insulation rebate.  Rebates for insulation are equal to 20% of the total cost of the project, including installation, up to $300 for qualified projects.

  1. Purchase and install new, qualifying insulation between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
  2. Download the rebate application or ask your installing contractor for the paperwork.
  3. Complete and mail the application by July 31, 2014 (include your dated invoice). It takes about six weeks to receive a rebate check.

Benefits

You’ll benefit from adding insulation because:

  • Properly insulated homes cost less to operate and they use less energy – that’s good for the environment.
  • Our rebate program lowers the initial cost of the improvement.

Who Qualifies

You qualify if you’re a Minnesota residential customer living in an existing home or one-to-four unit property, that has insulation professionally installed and whose primary residential heating fuel is supplied by Xcel Energy. Specifically, this means:

  • If the primary heating source in your home is a natural gas furnace or boiler, then you must be a Minnesota Xcel Energy residential natural gas customer to participate.
  • If the primary heating source in your home is an electric baseboard or an electric boiler, then you must be a Minnesota Xcel Energy residential electric customer to participate.

Eligibility

Eligible installations include:

  • Air sealing and weather stripping
  • Attic insulation and bypass sealing where existing insulation is:
    • R-20 or less to an R-value of 44 or greater.
    • R-21 or more to at least R-25 higher than existing.
  • Wall insulation must have:
    • Empty wall cavity.
    • Post R-value of 12 or more.

Eligible Installations Exclude:

    • New construction
    • Garages
    • Sheds
    • Workshops
    • Basements
    • Insulating doors
    • Mobile homes
    • Sound proofing applications

Account holders requesting rebates must contract for insulation services with fully licensed insulation contractors. Self installs do not qualify for a rebate.

To qualify for a rebate, all insulation must be installed to the manufacturer’s specifications and meet all state and local codes, and federal regulations. Additionally, air sealing and weather stripping must follow industry-accepted practices for mitigating air leakage. Rebate applies to attic and bypass sealing, wall insulation and air-sealing and weather-stripping only.

Participants understand they are not eligible to receive a rebate for this improvement earned under a different Xcel Energy Rebate program.

How to Get Started

Energy bills are high, and for many of us they’re getting even more expensive. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The first step is to find a reputable Minnesota Insulation Contractor that participates in the Xcel Energy Insulation Rebate Program to help identify those areas where your home could be more comfortable and energy efficient –and those places that may need additional protection against unseen energy loss. The sooner you find out, the sooner you will be more comfortable and the sooner you can watch the savings add up!