When Home Insulation Claims Are Full of Hot Air
The FTC has announced that the owner of Energy Conservation Specialists (aka Thermalcool), a home insulation business, will pay up for telling people they could save 40 to 60% on their energy bills with his products — a claim he couldn’t prove — and for exaggerating the insulating power of his products.
The truth is that no company can guarantee big energy savings for everyone. When it comes to products like insulation and windows, factors including the climate you live in, how your home is built, and the kind of heating and cooling system you use affect how much energy you’ll save.
One good way to get the most for your insulation dollar and accurate, honest information about a product’s insulating power: Before you make your purchase, read the FTC’s Home Insulation: It’s All About the R-Value. While you’re at it, check out the FTC’s other articles on saving energy at home.
Another great resource is the Department of Energy’s energysavers.gov, where you can learn more about different types of insulation and how they work.