Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 12 June 2013 Green ceilings Insulating the ceiling in your home is an economical way to make it cosier in winter and cooler in summer. 0 Shutterstock ~ Related Work safely with fibreglass Recycle your 'PETS' Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Shark feeding frenzy caught on camera The recycling headache list Installing insulation in your ceiling lowers your energy bills, and you can choose to use mostly recycled materials too.You will quickly recoup the cost of installing thermal insulation with the electricity you save on space heating: lack of ceiling insulation is responsible for up to 50% of total domestic heat loss, according to Eskom. Floors between storeys can often also be insulated as well. Another advantage of insulation is it helps to muffle neighbourhood noise – including your own. There are different types of insulation available in South Africa, including fibreglass (glass wool), a cellulose mixture that is blown into the ceiling, and polyester insulation. These are all pretty effective, and all involve the use of recycled materials. Polyester insulation is made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles, while cellulose insulation is largely made of recycled paper. Fibreglass also includes recycled glass; according to the company Aerolite, which installs this kind of insulation, up to 80% of their product is made from recycled materials. Furthermore these products have all been given the all-clear health-wise. There is a small risk that fibreglass fibres can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation when insulation is being installed or removed, but this can be easily avoided if correct health and safety procedures are followed. Fibreglass has not been linked to serious long-term health problems.Companies that install cellulose insulation include Thermguard and Eco-insulation. Companies that install polyester insulation include Home Comfort and Insuthem.Image: Shutterstock Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor More in Lifestyle New natural wonder: Giant living SA flag More: EnviroHealthGreen tips Got a great Green Tip to share? Email us advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Soothe your family’s coughs and colds Why hydration is important while exercising Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Too Tired? » 20 signs of burnout Staying active reduces stress 10 ways to have a healthier work day Why you're exhausted Lost your mojo? Here are 5 surprising energy drainers, plus the easy fixes that will help put the pep back in your step! Have a happy kid! » Obesity may not help teens lose weight Should we tell our kids they're fat? Keep an eye on your kids by smartphone Win with MySmartkid Stand a chance of winning a six-month subscription valued at over R1 100!