Residential Applications

Save money – insulate properly!

To see where and how your home may be losing your energy—and utility bill dollars –check this handy tool from the Department of Energy.

Did you know that about 44 percent of your total utility bill pays for heating and cooling your home?

In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends that by insulating your home adequately, an investment of just a few hundred dollars can reduce heating and cooling needs by about 30 percent. That means major savings—money right back in your pocket—month after month.

When you dream of these insulation-related savings, dream in color. Extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) insulation is easily identified because it always comes in color. Whether blue, pink or green, you can be assured that you are getting the best insulating protection that your hard-earned dollars can buy. And those colors can be used in your foundation, basement, walls, ceilings and roof.

XPS insulation products will get the job done – adding comfort to your home’s occupants, reducing your monthly utility bills and helping to control moisture intrusion, all while protecting it against air infiltration.

Why is insulation important?

The proper type and level of XPS insulation in your home will provide a continuous thermal barrier, minimizing the heat-flow through the walls, ceilings, and floors. The result is a more comfortable home with reduced heating and cooling costs. Insulation levels are specified by R-value (thermal resistance). Inch for inch, the long-term R-value of XPS foam insulation products are among the best. R-value is a measure of the insulation's ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating value.

What are the benefits of an energy-efficient residence?
  • Savings on heating and cooling bills
  • Moisture control in your home, leading to the longer life of your home's building materials and reduced incidence of mold and mildew
  • Enhanced comfort

Find out more about where XPS foam is used in the home:

Ceilings, Attics and Roofs



About XPSA

The Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA) is a trade association representing manufacturers of Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS) insulation products and the industry's raw material suppliers. XPSA members collectively manufacture more than 95% of all XPS destined for use in the North American market. XPSA promotes the benefits that accrue to society from appropriate use of XPS foam insulation applications.

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