You can make a point of shutting off lights when you’re not in a room. You can purchase energy conserving light bulbs. You can also purchase appliances with an Energy Star rating for low energy use. There is also one more thing you can do to reduce energy use that covers everything in your Lee, Collier, Charlotte County or Middle Keys home or office – you can put on a new shingle roof.
How does a new shingle roof help reduce energy use?
- Unless you have a new roof, you’re probably soaking heat in through the shingle roof over your head. That makes the air conditioning work harder. And A/C is a big burner of kilowatts. It’ll burn up kilowatts like a racehorse running away with your purse. When you reduce energy use, you reduce the strain on your air conditioning and you reduce the strain on your wallet.
Newer shingle roofing has shingles that are more reflective. The heat bounces off the roofing instead of soaking in.
- If your roof is a little long in the tooth, it may have a coating of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew on a shingle roof hold the heat. While heat likes to rise, if the shingle it tries to rise through is hot, the process of heat transfer can’t happen. That means the heat below has nowhere to go and builds up or more aptly put, builds down into your home. The only way out is, once again, your air conditioning.
- In terms of trends, homeowners these days are more likely to put a lighter-colored shingle roof on their home. When a shingle is lighter it’s more reflective. A dark colored shingle, on the other hand, absorbs more heat. It’s the same principle with mold and mildew, which are generally dark in color. To keep it simple, a light colored shingle is better in terms of energy use.
- When you do put a new roof on your Lee, Collier, Charlotte County or Middle Keys home or office, whether shingle, shale or a metal roof, it’s a great time to add some additional roof vents. Attic vents provide heat relief valves and are a good friend to reducing energy use.
How much good can a new shingle roof do in terms of reducing energy use? It’s reasonable to expect a 10- to 20-percent reduction in your electric bill after putting a new shingle roof on your Lee, Collier, Charlotte County or Middle Keys home or office.