When you're switching out a bathtub, insulate underneath the new one to increase heat-retaining properties. Bathtub materials vary in their heat-retaining properties, and it’s easy and inexpensive to increase any bathtub’s ability to retain heat with insulation.
Proper insulation equals greater energy efficiency, and those smaller or oft-forgotten spaces around the house that are particularly vulnerable to air leaks have an outsize effect on energy bills and household comfort.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to warm up a chilly concrete wall.
Formed into blankets, batts, or boards, mineral-wool fibers block both sound and temperature exchange through walls.
Homeowners expect to get a bill from their utility company each month, but opening one for a particularly expensive month can be a real shocker. If your bills seem consistently higher than what they should be, it’s time to look for hidden energy drains and consider some changes that can make a huge difference.
If you live in an older home, understanding what pads your walls is essential to keeping your family safe.