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Energy efficiency critical in places where prices soar

Some landscapes are idyllic, but the heating and cooling costs associated with owning homes in these areas could make living there a nightmare. Extreme climates and remote regions are difficult for utilities providers to service, making the cost of maintaining homes excessive. Managing these bills requires enhanced insulation and spray foam usage in order to help drive down expenses without giving up dream homes.

Trouble in paradise
The Portland Press Herald reported that homeowners on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine are increasingly investing in spray foam insulation, energy-efficient windows and other methods of improving their home efficiency in order to cut down on skyrocketing heating and cooling bills.

"I think energy costs are the biggest deterrent to people living here year-round," said resident Doug Boynton. He told the source he and his neighbors were excited about a recent delivery to the island - a spray foam insulation truck. The application of this kind of flexible, versatile product will help save homeowners across the island from drafts in attics and leaky building envelope, making it a boon to all residents.

The Herald wrote that extreme winter climates on Maine's 15 islands make it difficult for residents to live there throughout the year. The populations in these towns are therefore dwindling as owners can't afford to maintain island properties for the many months of the year when it's too cold to live off the mainland. With the price of heating and cooling omnipresent throughout Maine, islanders are feeling the pinch the most. In order to save money and encourage year-round residency, the application of spray foam insulation is expected to drive down utilities payments to where people can afford not to move away every September.

The cost of heating and cooling is so extreme on Monhegan Island that most homes and hotels don't use air conditioners or hair dryers, the Herald reported. The main reason for this move is to save money, the source stated, even if it means denying tourists certain amenities they may take for granted at mainland hotels. Businesses and homeowners alike have tried to make their buildings more energy efficient by focusing on southern exposures and upgraded windows, but with the addition of spray foam insulation, lowering heating costs will be much more effective.

Identifying ways to cut costs
That's because adding Icynene spray foam insulation to homes reduces heating and cooling costs by up to 50 percent^. Even in existing homes and hotels, this product can easily be applied to current interior structures without damaging or taking away from the look and comfort of buildings. It's easy to apply and can replace fiberglass insulation with ease. Putting Icynene spray foam between walls, around floors, in attics and basements will cut utilities bills and boost overall heating efficiency.

Icynene helps people and companies become more energy efficient through the use of smaller heating and cooling hardware. Run air conditioners for less time or install HVAC resources that cost less to operate overall without incurring any negative comfort repercussions. That also means lower installation costs and less maintenance, since systems that aren't run as often are less likely to break down.

Especially in rough environments like icy islands, protecting the integrity of homes makes them easier and cheaper to maintain in the long run. With Icynene, insulation problems are a thing of the past. Homeowners with spray foam insulation won't have to worry anymore about high heating bills or the inability to rightsize their HVAC resources. Saving money and reducing concerns across the board are easy goals with Icynene spray foam.

^ Savings vary. Find out why in the seller's fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.

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