Summer’s arrival is a welcome one to many of us, but this season can often spell trouble for your bank account. As temperatures start to rise, it’s likely your energy bills will, too. For those who want a chance to reduce their environmental impact, summer is the perfect time to save both energy and money. Here are some home upgrades that can curb your carbon footprint and keep more money in your pocket over time, just in time for summer vacation.
Get a new roof
Your roof can have a substantial effect on how much energy is needed to keep your home comfortable. Older, poorly insulated roofs can let cool air escape and bring in too much heat from outside during summer. That will cause your air conditioner to work much harder to keep the house at a comfy temperature. Replacing your roof with a more energy-efficient option will help cut costs and reduce environmental impact. For example, a cool metal roofing can save you 25% more in energy costs compared to one made of asphalt shingles. It also contains recycled content and can be completely recycled once it’s outlived its usefulness (and they can last for decades). It may be more of an investment up front, but you’ll save a lot in the long run. [Read more…]