The negative effects that this has on the environment
is pretty well known, thus people continually try to cut down on the energy
used. If you want to help in this, start at home. Thats where most of the
energy that utilizes electricity and gas and oil is found. So if youre serious
about reducing your personal carbon footprint, this is where to start.
To begin with, you can upgrade your window glazing to
decrease heat loss, use solar panels to supplement using electricity, and just
basically be more energy conscious. Turn off things after youre finished with
them. This includes lights and the television or computer when you leave a
Insulation is one of the biggest areas where you can
make a difference at home. Heating and cooling your home uses up a ton of
energy. In lots of cases, this air goes right through the walls and the roof.
When your home is well insulated, the heat and cooling air is trapped within,
allowing you to adjust your thermostat accordingly. Youll be amazed at how
much energy and money you can save.
To trap the maximum amount of heat, your home must be
completely insulated all over. This includes inside your walls, under your
floors and in your attic. In fact, the attic is the most important part of your
home to be well insulated. Heat rises, so most of the heat loss goes right
through your roof. The best types of attic insulation are blown in or mineral
wool. If you choose mineral wool insulation, you need 10 to 15 inches deep of
high quality mineral wool offering 100 percent coverage. If depth is an issue,
try insulation made of foam board. It offers the same benefits but is 50 percent
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