Metal Roofing and 4 Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home
Using energy-saving materials to improve your home is a cost-effective strategy that brings both personal and environmental benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, improving the efficiency of your home will not only decrease your energy costs, but also encourage others to seek energy-saving home improvement solutions and save the environment.
When it comes to finding energy-saving tips to improve your home, the roof is the best place to start. This is because your roof is the first line of defense against natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, and other extreme natural phenomena. Without a strong roof, the well-being of your family and other interior home improvement are severely jeopardized. Therefore, upgrading your roof to energy-saving materials such as metal is a smart way to improve the comfort of your home at a reduced cost.
The Advantage of Metal Roofing
Replacing your asphalt roof with a metal roof will drastically cut down your energy costs. According to a report published by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition, metal roofing is a great roofing choice for its durability, recyclability, and other great attributes. Installation of reflective roofs can save up to 40% cooling energy for your home. The Metal Roofing Alliance also adds that "a highly emissive metal roof can reduce urban temperatures by as much as 12 ° F." Needless to say, this benefit along with thelongevity and sustainability features of metal roofs make metal roofs a great energy-saving solution for your home. Finally, metal roofs, unlike asphalt shingles, do not decay or discolor over time.
Other Energy-Saving Home Improvement
Besides using metal as a great insulator, fire-resistant, and eco-friendly alternative for your roof, here are four additional energy-saving tips that can aid your effort to conserve electricity and minimize your energy payment:
(1) Insulate your attics/roofs
Installing an insulation blanket on your roof or in your attic adds an extra layer of energy control for your home. An insulation blanket provides a strong thermal resistance cover for your home. As Mother Earth News states, installing additional cellulose insulation to an attic or roof "could slash your air conditioning bills throughout these warmer months in addition to reducing heating costs once winter rolls around."
(2) Insulate your windows and doors
Cracks and crevices around window and door frames are popular air leakage passageways. To stop energy losses from these critical entry points, you will need to seal, caulk, or add weather stripping around windows and doors. Sometimes, adding accessories such as overhang and other shading devices for your windows or replacing your window with a more energy efficient material or glass will also help you to gain better control over the temperature of your home.
(3) Switch to compact fluorescent and LED lights
Energystar.govreports that compact fluorescent and LED lights will reduce your annual electricity bill by $6. These types of lights consume up to 75% less energy and last approximately 10 to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb.
(4) Install a programmable thermostat
By allowing you to schedule specific times to turn on and off your heating and cooling system, a programmed thermostat is an energy and money-saving solution to your utility costs. This new tool allows you to cut back unnecessary utility investment and control your home temperatures according to your specific needs.
Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.
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