Posts made in October 2021

Insulation in the Attic with Skylight

When to Replace Your Home Insulation

One of the best investments a homeowner can make is getting great insulation. It maintains the interior temperature of your home, but it’ll cut down on electricity costs since you don’t have to run the heater or air conditioning constantly. However, insulation doesn’t last forever. Eventually, it will need to be replaced if you want to continue to benefit from it. If you’re not sure how old your insulation is or if it might need fixing, here are a few tips for when to replace your home insulation.


Bad News for Insulation

We’ll talk about how to recognize when your insulation needs replacing in a moment, but first, let’s discuss a few factors that can lower the lifespan of your insulation. If any of these have occurred, you’ll likely need to replace the insulation much sooner than you might typically expect. Here are a few things to watch out for:


Roof Damage

If you have any damage to the roof, like missing or broken shingles or leaks, the water has likely compromised your attic insulation. Time to inspect!



Mold can grow pretty much anywhere – including insulation. If you find mold on your insulation anywhere in the house, you should replace it soon. Not only will the insulation not do its job as well, but the mold could spread to other areas of the house.


Dirt and Dust

A buildup of dirt, dust, pet hair, or anything else can reduce the efficiency of even the best insulation.



If your home has had a fire, the insulation could be damaged, even if the house is still liveable. Replacing the insulation after a fire will ensure safety and comfort.


Old Home

If you live in an older home, it’s a good idea to check out the state of the insulation. Over time, certain types of loose-fill insulation could lose their effectiveness, so make sure your home is up-to-date.


When to Replace Insulation

There are several signs that your home insulation needs replacing, even if it doesn’t have any of the issues listed above.

  1. Interior temperature fluctuations often, despite keeping the thermostat the same.
  2. There are drafts throughout the house.
  3. It’s difficult to keep the house at your ideal temperature.
  4. Your electricity bill keeps rising, despite keeping your usage the same.
  5. The insulation looks like it’s bad shape: drooping, breaking, thinning, or dampness might be present.
  6. You find leaks and condensation constantly around the house.
  7. The presence of pests could indicate faulty insulation that allows cold air in mice, squirrels, insects, and more.
  8. Allergies may increase in the household if the insulation is dirty, dusty, or growing mold and bacteria.


If you think it’s time to replace your home insulation, the experts at Cape Cod Energy Solutions are here to help. With years of professional experience, they’ll be able to get your house properly insulated so you can enjoy lower energy costs and more comfortable home.


Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Home Ideas

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting step in life, but buying a home is more than just a down payment and a mortgage. Upkeep, maintenance, and utility costs will always be around, so it’s important to know how to cut costs where you can. Luckily, increasing your home’s energy efficiency is a great way to save money and do good for the environment. Here are a few top energy-saving home ideas you can try out.

Get Insulated

A great way to reduce energy usage (and costs) is to insulate your home properly. Good insulation means that your home will stay warmer in the winter by keeping hot air inside; in summer, cool air from the AC is trapped inside, so you don’t have to run the AC as long.

When checking insulation, start with the attic; a well-insulated attic will make the most difference in energy efficiency. Then, inspect the walls and ceilings to ensure no gaps around window frames, light switches, or outlets.

Change Your Lights

Did you know that standard incandescent light bulbs lose 90% of their energy to heat production? That means only 10% of your valuable energy is being used to make the light you need. To improve these numbers, try switching to LED bulbs. With these bulbs, heat generation only uses 5% of the energy. That means you’re using less energy for the same (or better) lighting in the home.


A lot of energy is wasted on appliances or electronics that remain plugged in when not in use. Things like laptops, phone chargers, and game consoles use up a lot of energy even when turned off. Cut down this energy waste by unplugging these items that aren’t being used.

Monitor Big Appliances

Large home appliances like the fridge, washer/dryer, and dishwasher are responsible for much energy use at home. Of course, this is mostly unavoidable, but you can still do some things to increase your energy efficiency.

For instance, keeping your fridge temperature at 40 degrees and the freezer at zero will keep your food cold without wasting energy. Also, take care not to overcrowd the fridge. Too many items inside reduces circulation, and they won’t get cold evenly. It goes without saying, but try to keep the fridge doors closed unless you’re grabbing something. Letting the cool air out means, the machine has to work extra hard to re-cool.

As for the dishwasher, only run it when it is full. Rinsing the dishes before loading the machine will also make cleaning easier for the device.

For laundry, clothes will generally wash as well in cold water as hot, so unless someone in the home is sick, choose cold water.

HVAC Upkeep

HVAC units use up a lot of energy, especially if you live in a location where you have to run the AC or heating for long periods to be comfortable indoors. A straightforward way to get the most out of your unit is by inspecting and changing the air filter. A dirty air filter prevents air from getting through the system, so the motor has to work extra hard to get it going.

Another idea is installing a programmable thermostat. You can set timers and temperatures, so your AC or heater runs automatically at times you specify, instead of running all the time.


If you’re ready to start implementing some of these ideas, contact Cape Cod Energy Solutions and let the experts help. Our qualified professionals can help you save energy (and money) hassle-free.