Do Your Part For the Environment in One Simple Word: Insulation
Politics aside, the world is increasingly coming to grips with the very real impact of climate change. More and more, builders, companies, and residential home owners are turning their attention to what they can do individually to protect the environment, and reduce their overall carbon footprint.
Whether you are an individual, business, contractor or developer, if you’re looking to make a quick contribution to the wellness of Mother Nature, look no further than the insulation of your home or building. According to a statistic published by www.rockwoolgroup.com, “buildings account for 28% of global CO2 emissions.” By properly insulating your home or office, you can do your part to make our buildings greener and cleaner.
Coping with the reality of climate change can be challenging for some, but it’s important that we all commit to changing and improving our society to help combat this problem. Here are a few reasons to invest in proper insulation today.
It’s a simple solution to a big problem
Although admittedly the price tag associated with insulating your home or office may seem high, the importance of your investment cannot be minimized. According to a 2016 poll, the United States is currently the second highest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, producing nearly double that of India who is the third largest culprit. Where our transportation is still largely dependent on fossil fuels, it’s critical we look for solutions to other major sources of CO2. Properly insulating more of our homes and buildings in the can quickly help reduce our impact on the environment long term.
It will save you money over time
The most obvious reason individuals and companies avoid properly insulating their homes or buildings is the up front cost. That having been said, insulation is proven to dramatically reduce the cost of utilities. In the aforementioned article published by the Rockwool Group, they cite that “All building insulation sold in 2017 alone [by their company] will save 850 terawatt hours of heating energy during its lifetime.” To break that down to individual building owners, according to an article published by www.houselogic.com, by properly insulating your building “…you’ll save anywhere from 10% to 50% on heating and cooling bills.” It’s worth doing the math to realize how quickly you’ll make up for your investment in savings alone.
Certain state sponsored lending programs will help take the pain out of conserving energy
Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire have programs to encourage businesses and home owners who want to do their part to conserve energy. An example of this is the Massachusetts HEAT loan. For home owners in MA, the state will offer a 0% interest rate for a repayment term of up to 7 years for certain energy conservation projects such as the installation of insulation in your home. Whether you’re a residential property owner or a business, it’s worth investigating what lending programs are available to help you foot the bill in your attempt to do your part for the environment.