By Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd
Earth Day is one of the most recognized environmental events in the country and around the world. It is a day that offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the beauty of our planet and raise awareness about the importance of keeping the environment clean and our planet healthy.
One of the many ways of protecting our environment is through insulation. As the 45th anniversary of Earth Day was on April 22, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) – the leading voice of the insulation industry – continues to concentrate its efforts on promoting environmental preservation through the use of fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation.
A well-insulated home, particularly one that is insulated with fiberglass, is an easy way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are currently 46 million single-family homes that are under-insulated in the United States. If these homes were retrofitted with additional insulation to meet the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), America could save more than 800 Trillion BTUs of energy every year, according to a recent Harvard University study.
Insulation also has the added benefit of improving the comfort of your living environment by helping regulate temperature and increasing sound control.
Beyond improving comfort and the environment, however, proper home insulation with fiber glass also reduces heating and cooling costs. Fiber glass insulation resists the flow of heat, which enables homeowners to use less energy for heating in winter and cooling in summer. This amounts to approximately $5.9 billion per year in energy consumption savings for households.
Insulation also has a public health benefit. A recent Harvard University study shows that adding insulation in homes results in 6,500 fewer asthma attacks and 240 fewer premature deaths per year. This will save households around the country about $1.3 billion per year in health care costs.
For more information about insulation, visit http://www.naima.org/index.php. Whether you are a homeowner, contractor, inspector, or builder, you will find valuable information about the benefits insulation with fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.
Insulate Today. Save tomorrow.
Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd is the Director of Communications for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). She is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications initiatives designed in support of the mission of NAIMA for fiberglass, rock and slag wool insulation products.