Earth Day is an international event that takes place every year on April 22nd. It is meant for us to take a small part of our busy year and remember to do our best for future generations who will have this planet after us.

The Earth is facing many different crises, from water shortages of drinkable water to an overabundance of undrinkable water in the form of oceans rising. We have unsustainable agriculture, with simply more people to feed each year and a shrinking landscape to plant food. And many more issues outside the scope of this article. But there comes a time when we ask ourselves if we can make a small dent in the problems facing our planet.

There are many ways we can help. If it only seems like a drop in the bucket, just know that enough drops will make a difference. Part of the debate or difficult choice to be made lies in how much do we consume now versus how much do we save for future generations? A balance is impossible to strike that will please everyone.

Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson were some of the first to sign bills into law setting aside lands for future generations to enjoy as National Parks or other lands for public use due to their distinct beauty, geographical features, or to protect animals living there. So, our part as citizens does not have to be on a scale quite that grand, but we can claim to do our part with just a little bit of extra effort.

Bundle of Energy

The first thing we can do is to become more energy efficient. How does this help? Until energy is one day 100% free to produce, there will always be a cost to pay for it in terms of money and resources used. Most power plants here in Wisconsin burn unsustainable fossil fuels, meaning there is a limited supply. So consuming less energy helps out considerably. The less we use fossil fuels, the fewer greenhouse gas emissions are produced. All of this helps lower air and water pollution at the same time, so a little conservation goes a long way.

When it comes to home improvement, there are some ways you can help by doing a little legwork when hiring a contractor. Ask if they can construct your project with recyclable materials or at least recycle what’s being replaced.

I See the Light

Owning a skylight is one way to save a lot of electricity in climates that do not produce triple-digit temperatures. The skylight in your home produces an unlimited and free source of light and, therefore, saves the need to light that room with electricity during the daytime. This small change can do a lot for your home’s personal impact on the global environment and can also help you feel better about your personal contribution to sustainability.

Adequate attic insulation can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home as well. When your attic is well-insulated, it reduces the amount of heat transfer between your living spaces and the attic. This means your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, leading to lower energy bills. When your attic is properly vented, it will keep your house cool all summer long and warm in the cold Wisconsin winters. Not only can you improve energy efficiency, but you can also extend the life of your roof. And over-stressed HVAC systems can lead to them wearing out much sooner than expected.

Glass Houses…

If you’re still on the fence about whether you should replace your windows now or continue or wait it out for another year, consider the benefits.

Old or drafty windows are prone to allowing warm air in during the summer and cold air in during the winter. New windows, on the other hand, are constructed with advanced energy-efficient technology that vastly reduces drafts and, as a result, helps you save on energy bills. In Fact, Energy Star estimates that homeowners who replace single-pane windows in their homes can save as much as $100-$583 a year on their energy bill.

The Seldomly Thought of Solution

We spend most of our time inside our home where the roof isn’t seen and isn’t really thought of very much. Is there a hidden way we can help the environment with our roofing choice? Yes.

Sheet metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat, keeping your house cool. This is huge for your wallet and the environment. You don’t have to blast the AC in the summer just to keep your house bearable anymore. It will be as cool as you want. You just need to set the thermostat. In addition, you are using considerably less electricity. This is a win-win for you and the planet.

Overall, sheet metal roofing works for you in all seasons. Snow and ice slide right off the roof in the winter months, and heat bounces off the roof in the hot summer months. You don’t have to shovel as much, and your heating and cooling bill will be lower.

Remember that some renovation projects qualify for tax credits if they improve energy efficiency.

And if you own a commercial building, take a look at the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of EPDM rubber roofing.

These are just some of the ways we can help our children and grandchildren and the world we’ll share with them. Contact us if we can be your partner in these planet-saving actions.

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