We all know that CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming. But what you may not know is, by the simple and inexpensive act of properly insulating your home, you can help significantly lower the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Proper insulation reduces our demand for electricity and gas because we don’t have to use as much to cool or heat our homes. As South Africa relies heavily on burning fossil fuels, such as coal, to generate electricity, reduced demand means less of these fuels are burned, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that humble insulation actually has the greatest potential to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas.
Houses that aren’t insulated properly – or at all – use more energy to keep either warm or cool. Not only does this mean costlier electricity bills for you, it also means you generate a much larger carbon footprint. The amount of energy saved by proper insulation far outweighs the energy used to manufacture that insulation in the first place.
Choosing The Right Ceiling Insulation
When looking at insulation for your home or office, the most important aspect to consider is its performance. Will it consistently provide the required resistance to the passage of heat throughout its lifetime? It’s also important to consider how easy the material is to install, as this affects the ultimate performance of the insulation. Can it be installed, for example, without any gaps between strips of material, and can it be used over joists or rafters? Any gaps allow for the passage of air, which reduces the overall efficacy of the insulation.
It’s also vital to make sure that insulation materials that are compacted for packaging and transport puff up to their desired width during or after installation. Compacted material is not as effective an insulator as thicker material, which contains lots of air pockets.
South Africa has twice the global average of carbon dioxide emissions per person, meaning it’s even more important for each and every one of us to do what we can to reduce our emissions. Insulating your home with Aerolite is a great place to start. Aerolite is a non-combustible, glass wool ceiling insulation material that reduces the energy needed to maintain a comfortable living environment. It is made of 80% recycled glass in factories that are CFC and HCFC free. In addition, Aerolite saves more than one hundred times the energy consumed and CO2 emitted from manufacturing, transporting and disposing – putting you on the right side of a sustainable future. For more information, contact us today.