This article is the second in a 2-part series on how plastic can make your home more energy-efficient. In this article, we will look at five modern plastic products that will reduce your home’s energy usage.
Did you know that nearly 40 percent of our nation’s energy is consumed in our homes and heating and cooling accounts for most of the energy use? Unfortunately, much of the energy we use is wasted due to outdated practices. It is important to know that wasted energy not only hurts our environment but also our wallets.
Fortunately, modern plastic materials such as plastic insulation and sealants can make your home energy efficient. Let’s take a look at five advanced plastic products that will help you do just that.
1) Polycarbonate Skylights
Polycarbonate Skylights are known to reduce lighting energy use by up to 80%. They offer amazing cost savings because with the natural light coming in, fewer lights are used for shorter durations throughout the day. This will help with less electrical lighting, energy savings, lowers costs and reduces environmental impact.
Moreover, the natural lighting coming in provides a health benefit and combats stress. To add to that, polycarbonate sheets keep away the harmful UV radiations of the sun.
2) Fiberglass & Foam Doors
Fiberglass and Foam doors are scratch-proof and can resist different weather conditions performing better and lasting longer than wood and metal doors. Speaking about durability, fiberglass is impact-resistant and will not cause denting. Fiberglass and foam doors are also filled with an insulating foam that acts as a shield to keep the heat out of your home during the summer and the cold air out during the winter. This can help you save on heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
3) Polyurethane & Polyiso Board Insulation
Polyurethane and Polyiso foam board can be used inside and outside house walls and can significantly reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling. They create a tight barrier around your home, helping to prevent infiltration of outside air and the escape of indoor air. They, therefore, create protective air barriers in attics, walls and under floors, effectively sealing off your home from outdoor elements to help save energy.
4) Plastic Caulking & Sealants
Plastic Caulking and Sealants are known for their strength, flexibility, and resistance towards the water. They help fill gaps around windows, doors, pipes, air ducts, and plug outlets so that outside air does not enter the house. Moreover, they are easy to apply and are resistant to both high and low temperatures.
5) Solar Roof Shingles
Solar roof shingles provide weather protection, generates clean, pollution-free electricity and have a life-span of about 30-40 years. Made with durable engineered plastics, they serve as a renewable energy generator and can generate up to 30-50% of your household electrical needs. Furthermore, they play a significant role in reducing annual energy costs, often by 40 to 60 percent.
These are just some of the few incredible modern plastic products that will help you reduce your energy costs in your home. It makes us realize how beneficial plastics are to us.