When the temperature starts soaring in the summer months, you start noticing your energy bills soaring right along with the thermometer. You and your family need to keep cool, but the rising energy costs may be stressful to an already stretched personal budget.
This is a great time to remember all the ways you can make your home more energy efficient. There are small things you can do to help, such as:
- keeping the house a degree or two warmer,
- maintaining a consistent temperature on the thermostat,
- making sure all lights and fans are turned off when not in use,
- replacing traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs,
- keeping windows and doors shut tight,
- and closing the blinds or curtains during the daytime.
There are also bigger investments you can make to help your home become more energy efficient. These investments can provide a bigger payoff in the long run. A few of these improvements include:
- installing new energy efficient windows and doors
- installing solar panels
- using energy efficient appliances
- following the ENERGY STAR’s recommendations for Heating and Cooling Efficiently
- installing a new metal roof
Metal Roofing is an energy efficient choice for your home, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR certified roofing product. A metal roof reflects more of the sun’s energy compared to asphalt shingles or traditional roofing material. It also emits solar radiation back into the night sky.
These characteristics of a metal roof help prevent heat from entering your home through the attic and allow your air conditioning unit to do less work in order to effectively cool the house. This type of conservation addresses the root of our energy use and ultimately leads to burning less fossil fuels.
You can not only save energy with a metal roof, but you can save money by reducing energy consumption in your home plus you can help protect the environment by reducing your contribution to burning fossil fuels.
James Kenton is owner of Advanced Metal Roofing, a residential metal roofing company offering the exclusive MetalMan Roofing System. Every metal roof comes with a transferable, limited Lifetime Warranty, a 42% Energy Savings Pledge, and has the government ENERGY STAR seal of approval.