Spray Foam Can Help You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Every decision—from how you commute to work to the home you live in—determines the size of your carbon footprint. Environmental, as well as cultural and economic realities, determine the tradeoffs and sacrifices we’re willing to make for a cleaner world. Environmental stewardship and sustainable practices can make a difference.
There are obvious ways you can make a change in your day-to-day life to reach this goal. Recycling items like plastic bottles or paper products is one, as is using mass transportation methods to travel when possible. An option that is often overlooked, but has a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions, is the construction and design of our homes.
Homeowners across America unknowingly let energy seep out of their homes through openings and holes other insulations can leave open. According to the Department of Energy, homes can lose as much as 40 percent1 of heating and cooling energy through cracks and gaps in the building. Wasting energy has a big impact on your carbon footprint. To put this into perspective, the average home in America is responsible for producing close to 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from electricity and fossil fuel use.2 Almost half of the CO2 output is directly attributed to heating and cooling.3 That’s why it is important to prevent air leaks by building a highly insulated and sealed building envelope.
The above image illustrates how homes insulated with spray foam can prevent wasting energy by controlling the movement of air, which helps to regulate internal temperatures. This can reduce energy usage, and lower your carbon footprint. By choosing to include spray foam in your home, you and our planet can feel the benefits.