It is probably no surprise to hear that we Americans use a lot of energy. The United States accounts for a significant portion of the total energy consumption worldwide, at a rate that is much greater proportionally than our population. It’s just a fact of life that residents of this country like to use a lot of gadgets, and many of the items we use as part of our normal daily lives consume quite a bit of energy.
Likewise, most businesses in this country also use a lot of energy to maintain their normal operations. While efforts to help encourage people and companies to reduce energy consumption are catching on and having an impact, there is still a long way to go.
Consider these surprising facts, compiled by Electric Choice:
- The average American uses approximately 313 million Btu of energy, while the worldwide average per person is around 75 million Btu.
- The United States uses approximately 23% of the world’s energy, yet it only holds about 5% of the world’s population.
- The United States is the second biggest consumer of energy in the world, after China.
Perhaps even more shocking (and somewhat disheartening) are the statistics that illustrate how much of that energy is used needlessly. In other words, the facts clearly show that we are wasting a lot of energy—meaning we are senselessly depleting our precious natural resources.
The stats gathered by Electric Choice indicate that the United States spends more than $300 billion a year on energy that goes to drafty doors and windows, inefficient appliances and other energy wasters that could be easily remedied. Further adding to the discouraging news, their research showed that roughly 30 percent of the energy used in most buildings today is either unnecessary or used inefficiently.
Since heating and cooling expenses account for a major portion of utility costs for most homes and buildings, it seems to make sense that these areas would be among the top culprits for energy-wasting offenders. By making even just a few basic and relatively simple changes, property owners can make a big difference in the amount of energy their buildings require.
These changes can help conserve energy usage, but at the same time they can also result in considerable financial savings for property owners in the form of lower utility bills. In other words, it’s a win-win scenario.
The prospect of trying to make a property more energy efficient may seem intimidating, but in many cases it is actually much less difficult than people imagine. There are usually a few quick and easy tactics that can make a huge difference.
One of the most popular and most effective options is to use spray foam as a way to insulate walls and reinforce the roof surface. Spray foam can be applied within the walls or on the roof via a relatively quick and minimally disruptive process, and can have a major impact on both the energy efficiency and the comfort level of the property. By creating an airtight envelope and eliminating drafts, the spray foam can greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed. More importantly, it dramatically decreases the level of wasted energy. This makes spray foam an increasingly popular green building option that appeals to those for whom conserving natural resources is a top priority.
If each individual property owner does their part and takes a few steps to help cut their own energy usage, together the collective benefits can have a huge impact on those stats related to our nation’s energy consumption.
In order to make these upgrades and help cut down on the amount of wasted energy, property owners need to enlist the help of qualified contractors. Those contractors will in turn need the right equipment, including a spray foam insulation machine. Intech Equipment & Supply can provide everything these spray foam insulation and roofing contractors need.