You know there’s no way we can live without energy. Without it, enjoying the lifestyle we’re used to having would be impossible, especially in the winter months. That’s why we’ve prepared this useful article with eco-friendly tips and materials that will help you, as an independent contractor, save energy through the cold season.
First, let’s understand why this is important for our pocket, but also for our planet. Consuming more energy generates more pollution for our planet. A big part of energy production comes from thermoelectric centrals that burn coal and have high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. That’s why lowering our energy consumption is fundamental for preserving the environment.
Fortunately, there are many ways to save energy in the winter. One of them is choosing the right materials to work during construction, remodeling and repair projects. This way, you’ll help the planet and, most important of all, you’ll help maintain a proper temperature in your clients’ homes. It’s your responsibility to help them by recommending and using the right materials to make them feel warm and cozy without remorse.
Heating isn’t everything
Your heating uses energy, and a lot of it! In fact, it’s believed that, in Canada, the thermal system consumes around 54% of the total energy used in a home. That’s why it’s so important to do regular furnace maintenance on time to keep it functioning well; but that alone isn’t enough. You must also be aware of all the materials that help for thermal insulation and, because of that, help you save energy and lower your utility bill.
Materials that help save energy
Thermal insulators are a great way to save energy. These materials are able to store a lot of air inside of them. There are many types of thermal insulators that can guard us from cold temperatures. One of the options available are mineral fiber sheets that, apart from keeping your house warm, keep noises muffled. There are also hollow bricks, which are effective for stopping the warm air from inside the house from quickly going through the walls and escaping.
Then there’s synthetic stucco, a modern insulator that uses several layers interspersed with insulating boards. And of course, there’s good old concrete, recommended for areas with low temperatures, because it concentrates and absorbs heat that is later released on the inside of the house.
Your best choice? Eco-friendly materials
The construction industry is using eco-friendly materials. Their renewable, biodegradable and recyclable qualities make them a great alternative. Besides from being long-lasting, they have no contaminants and aren’t toxic. You can get a wide variety of materials that help you save energy in many forms, like panels, loose sheets and blankets. Among these eco-friendly materials, cork derivatives are a great option. They are aesthetically pleasing and have been used as an insulation material for years. They are renewable, and they’re normally used in pressed cork panels that line walls, ceilings, and floors. They don’t rot easily and they’re waterproof, which makes them a good choice for basements.
Cellulose is another insulating material. It’s on high demand right now because it’s made of recycled paper (mostly newspaper) and boric salts. When these materials are mixed with water, they form a mass that is used to fill in roofs and floors, among other things.
Wood is another green alternative. Many professionals use it in particle boards, panels made of wood chips and white cement that are used for roofing. Some Skilled Doers also use this material in wood fiber planks that, being porous, make hot air propagation easier.
Another eco-friendly insulation material is linen. It comes from a plant and its recyclable fibers are perfect for cold insulation. When this natural fiber gets moist, it maximizes its insulation capabilities. And last, but not least, there’s vermiculite, a light and absorbent mineral that comes in granular form and is used for insulating places like chimneys.
Green tips before you get to work
You’re not doing much for the environment if you simply choose these materials. When you’re working on a project in a house, follow JobJar’s philosophy and just get it done! To achieve this, remember to use water responsibly. Every time you use it, remember not to waste it. Also, bear in mind that some construction materials can be harmful to the environment.
Only throw away debris from the construction on the containers that are exclusively marked for this kind of waste.
Consider these simple tips and become a reliable contractor who is concerned about the environment. If you are a Skilled Doer or an independent contractor and you aren’t listed on JobJar yet, don’t wait any longer! Use our site to offer your services. With a few clicks, people will be able to contact you to help them with any household problem (it doesn’t matter how small). We’re waiting for you!