From using metal straws and actively recycling to taking shorter showers and adding a compost bin to your kitchen routine, there are hundreds of ways to be kind to the environment in our daily lives. What’s even better? As technology increases, more environmentally-friendly options are also becoming budget-friendly. One of the biggest money-savers? Investing in energy efficient roofing and solar panels to help decrease the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Energy Efficient Roofing
If you’re in the process of building or planning to build your home, or if your roof is in need of repair, now is the perfect time to consider investing in energy efficient roofing. According to Energy Star, Americans spend roughly $40 billion annually to air condition buildings – a sixth of all electricity generated in this country. ENERGY STAR certified roofing products have been created to reflect more of the sun’s rays, lowering the surface temperature of the roof by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. By decreasing the roof’s surface temperature, the amount of heat transferred into the structure decreases. This lowers the amount of energy that it takes to cool the building, which in turn lowers the cost of your air conditioning bill.
Although many roofing products are now made to be energy efficient, studies have shown that simply choosing a lighter color roofing material can significantly decrease the cost of air conditioning by reflecting light and heat away from the roof rather than absorbing it. But what if you’re not in the market for a new house, or even a new roof? Not to worry. Cool roof coatings have been created for these exact situations and can be added to an already existing roof to help increase its energy efficiency.
What if you’re looking to boost the efficiency of your home even more? Solar panels may be the perfect route to go. Photovoltaic solar panels utilize the sun’s rays as a source of energy to generate electricity. Photovoltaic solar cells are connected to create a photovoltaic module, which collects the light energy from the sun and converts it to electricity through the photovoltaic effect.
Solar panels can substantially reduce or even eliminate your electric bill. Imagine taking your $100 per month electric bill and turning it into $25 per month. That’s a $75 per month savings, multiplied by 12 months. And with solar panels lasting roughly 25 years, you’re looking at a potential savings of $22,500. Well worth the investment of installation.
Regardless of what method you choose, it’s also important to note that even a home with energy efficient roofing and solar panels can still be losing a massive amount of heat or air conditioning if the insulation, particularly in the attic, is insufficient. It’s an important conversation to have with your contractor or roofer when making the investment in energy efficient products.
In the end, keeping your home heated and cooled at an affordable rate isn’t as hard as it may seem. The staff at Model City Roofing are experienced in commercial and residential roofing and are ranked amongst the top 1% of roofing contractors nationwide. Click here to speak with a professional roofing specialist and schedule a free cost estimate.