Why Limit Saving the Earth to 1 Day a Year? Live Every Day Like It Is Earth Day!
Things you do every day are leaving an environmental footprint. “What is an environmental footprint,” you ask? Your environmental footprint is the impact that you have on the environment. It includes several different things like how much waste you produce, how many natural resources you use, and how much energy you use. The bigger your footprint is, the more of an impact you have on the world around you. You can do many things that can help you minimize your environmental footprint. One big way to reduce your environmental footprint is to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.
What are the effects of high energy usage?
According to epa.gov, “All forms of electricity generation have an environmental impact on our air, water, and land, but it varies. Of the total energy consumed in the United States, about 40% generates electricity, making electricity use an important part of each person’s environmental footprint.”
The US Energy Information Administration breaks down how energy plants leave their environmental footprints. From affecting the landscape to emitting things in the air, here are a few negative impacts that energy plants can have.
Fossil fuel, biomass, and waste-burning power plants can emit gasses such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and heavy metals like mercury. Carbon dioxide “is a greenhouse gas, which contributes to the greenhouse effect.” Sulfur dioxides contribute to acid rain, and particulate matter adds to the hazy conditions in the atmosphere and can affect lung health.
Nuclear power plants do not emit harmful gasses. Still, they generate a lot of waste – from all of the protective clothing needed to the hazardous radioactive waste that has to be kept in special containers.
What does all of this have to do with my home’s insulation?
Echotape.com states that “In a typical residence, there are nearly 5,280 feet of potential problems. That’s one mile of exterior joints that can leak air, increasing heating and cooling energy bills while allowing moisture, cold drafts, and unwanted noise to enter a house.” That’s a lot of places for air to leak. Preventing air leaks is when RetroFoam can help. When RetroFoam injection foam is injected into your wall cavities, it creates an airtight seal. This means that the air you pay to cool or heat doesn’t escape. It stays in your home, which means less usage of your heating and cooling systems. Consider these facts:
- 90% of homes in the United States aren’t insulated properly.
- Over 50% of household energy is spent on heating and cooling homes.
- Around 30% of a home’s heating and cooling costs can come from air leakage caused by poor or improper insulation installation.
By using RetroFoam to create an air seal, you can decrease the amount of energy you are using, thus lessening the number of negative impacts from energy production listed above. In fact, you may decrease your energy bill by up to 50%!
Here are a few other ways that RetroFoam is environmentally friendly:
- Made of nitrogen-based organic polymers
- Contains no solvents or petro-chemicals
- No odor
- No CFC’s
- No ozone-depleting off-gassing
- It’s a pollution prevention alternative for rigid foam board
- Leaves no residue after incineration
- It lasts the lifetime of your home
We would love to help you go green. Contact RetroFoam of the Carolinas today to find out how you can save the earth AND save your money at the same time!