There are a lot of home improvements that you can make to increase the energy efficiency of your home. From the doors and windows you install, to the appliances you use, there are multiple energy saving home renovations.
Updating your roof is one of these renovations that can save you a lot in energy costs. Roughly 45% of energy loss occurs through the ceilings and roof of a home. You can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on energy costs.
You can start small, or go all out, as there are many levels of improvements and roof updates that can be made to save on energy costs.
Solar panels are at the top of the pyramid when it comes to energy saving roof updates. Solar panels use specialized technology to harness the power of the Sun and convert it to electricity that you can use.
Solar energy works by absorbing the Sun’s rays into cells called semiconductors. When the light hits these semiconductors, the electrons are knocked loose. These electrons conduct electricity, which you can use to power your home.
These solar energy panels can be expensive to purchase, but there are a lot of state and federal tax credits that can help you offset the costs. Not only that, but solar panels can cut your electricity bills by more than half. Typically, purchasers are able to save enough money with their solar panels that they are able to effectively pay for themselves in a matter of a few years.
Energy Star Shingles
An easier roof update that you can do is to replace your existing roof with new Energy Star rated shingles. Qualified energy efficient shingles reflect the Sun’s rays so that less heat is absorbed into the home, effectively lowering the cost of air conditioning.
Energy Star qualified products also help to keep heat and air inside your building, so you experience less energy loss, which can drive up energy costs.
Insulate Your Attic Space
Proper insulation can make or break you when it comes to energy loss. Most homes are under-insulated. Make sure that your insulation is thick enough and that the best energy efficient materials are being used so that the insulation is the most effective.
Because so much of energy loss occurs through the roof, you need to properly seal off the attic from the rest of your living space by applying weather stripping and caulking cracks and seals. Caulk or install foam insulators around pipes and fixtures to prevent major air leaks.
Making home improvements such as these roof updates can effectively lower your energy costs. Not only that, but keep your receipts, because some energy saving home renovations can qualify for state and federal tax credits.
From the appliances you use, to the shingles on your roof, to the caulking around your window frames, every part of your home is a potential energy saver. Your roof especially can be updated to save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
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Posted September 12, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.