It's easy to go with the insulation you already have in your home or insulation that comes with whoever is the easiest for you to contact. It's not like anyone is looking to spend a lot of time and effort obsessing about insulation, but if you want more eco-friendly alternatives to keeping your house warm or cool at the right times, then there are some distinct approaches you can take that will help you save money on utilities.
The Problem with Traditional Insulation
The most common approach to insulation includes both fiberglass and foam. The issue that environmentalists have with these approaches is that the older versions tend to have Chlorofluorocarbons in them or CFS. These have been known to damage the ozone that protects the Earth's surface from harmful rays from the sun.
In particular, the eco-friendly are concerned about the spray foam for polyurethane since it's made from oil. This isn't sustainable in the long term since the idea is that eventually oil reserves will run out and insulation made from this won't be usable anymore. Oil-based products also tend to dump carbon into the atmosphere which can have negative effects on the atmosphere and the world.
Eco Bio Foams
Since spray foam insulation is often so useful for a wide number of projects, one alternative is to use bio-foam insulation that can still create air-tight seals while avoiding polyurethane and other non-eco materials. Many of these are made of castor oil instead of more traditional oil-based materials that traditionally comprise spray foam.
The advantage with castor oil is that it's a renewable resource that won't pollute nearly as much. It also has the advantage of not being highly used in any other industries the way that soy is, so there's plenty to use for this particular purpose.
This is a highly sustainable material because the cork tree grows so fast so you won't really depopulate the planet of cork trees by using it. The substance also has its advantage because it's such a flexible material. It works well in spaces that are awkward shapes to fill with anything else. People recommend using it for cellars in particular since there is a bit of a disadvantage with areas that have a lot of wind like on the outside of houses.
Overall, it can be a great service to the environment if you upgrade your insulation from systems old unsustainable materials to the more eco-friendly variety. It's often easier than you might think.
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