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Are you tired of high energy bills and drafts sneaking through your windows? Scientists have discovered that some of the waste items in your home can be repurposed to insulate your home and save you money on your energy bills.
Egg trays, for example, can be used to insulate walls and floors. The small cups that hold individual eggs are perfect for filling with insulation material, such as fiberglass or cellulose. Simply cut the trays into the desired size and shape, fill them with insulation, and secure them in place. Not only will this repurpose the egg trays, but it will also provide an effective insulation solution for your home. If you don’t eat eggs, check in with your friends, family, and neighbors and let them know you’ll take their trays when they are done.
Another waste item that can be used for insulation is plastic takeaway box lids. These lids are made from polystyrene, which has excellent insulation properties. Simply cut the lids into the desired shape and size, and use them to insulate your walls, floors, or even your roof. This is a great solution for those looking for a DIY insulation project.
But it’s not just egg trays and plastic takeaway box lids that can be repurposed for insulation. Scientists have also found that old newspapers and magazines can be used as insulation material. Simply crumple the paper into balls and stuff them into wall cavities, around pipes, or in the attic. This is a great solution for those looking for an eco-friendly insulation option, as it repurposes waste paper and reduces the need for virgin materials to be used in insulation.
While these waste items may not be as common as traditional insulation materials, such as fiberglass or cellulose, they can be just as effective at insulating your home. In fact, a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that newspapers and magazines can be just as effective as fiberglass insulation, with a similar R-value (a measure of thermal resistance). But why stop insulating your home with waste items? Scientists have also found that other waste materials, such as old denim Jeans and plastic bottles, can be repurposed as insulation.
It’s not just about saving money on energy bills and being eco-friendly; repurposing waste items for insulation can also be a fun and creative DIY project. So, think again the next time you’re thinking about throwing away your egg trays or plastic takeaway box lids. These waste items could be the key to insulating your home and saving you money on your energy bills.
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