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HI June 2014

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46 June 2014 InTheTrenches Spray Poly Foam Part-3 Our Love-Hate Relationship with ou want to reduce your carbon foot- print and know that a great way to begin the process is by re-insulating your home. You've even been told that you may currently be losing as much as 40% of your home's energy efficiency due to excessive air infiltration. You've done some research and found that the U.S. Environ- mental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program estimates that by adding insulation and sealing air leaks you can save up to 20% on your monthly energy bills. You've also found that the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 56% of the energy used in a home goes to heating and cooling; your home's heating, ven- tilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has a big effect on your utility bills and your energy consumption, especially when it has to work harder to keep up with excessive air leakage. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) offers a solu- tion for all of this: it acts as both an insulator and an air sealant, closing those nooks and crannies that let air escape your home. It can Y "Build it Tight and Ventilate it Right"

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