Many of the sources used to derive electricity in the United States are not renewable, so it's important to conserve as much electricity as possible. Building energy-efficient homes is essential for keeping electricity use low. In fact, it seems that the trend towards more efficient buildings is having a positive impact on electricity use, since industrialized nations are using less electricity overall. If you'd like to contribute to this decreased electricity use, one key action you'll want to take is to improve your home's insulation.
The better insulated your home, the less your heating system will have to work. If you have electric heat, you'll save a real bundle by upgrading your insulation to spray foam. It can be used even in older homes where the walls are thin, since it's much less bulky than traditional fiberglass insulation. Even if you have a natural gas heating system, you'll save money on your electric bill when you upgrade your insulation. This is because even gas-powered heating systems have electric blowers. The fewer times that blower has to kick on and heat your home, the less electricity you'll use.
Building energy-efficient homes is a part of a larger trend towards sustainability. More efficient vehicles are being built, technologies like geothermal heating are being perfected, and solar panels are more popular than ever. All of these upgrades are great, but they can be costly. Upgrading your insulation is a simple, cost-effective change almost anyone can make in a short period of time to any home.
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