Demand Efficiency From Your Roof With These Four Cool Innovations

In a world of dwindling resources, we should all be striving to make do with less for a number of reasons. It helps make our way of life more sustainable and greener, but can also be more cost efficient when considering the effects such rapid increases in demand have on overall costs. When it comes to our roofs, there are several ways in which we can be more efficient and derive greater use out of them. In the following article, we will be discussing four innovations that can be implemented using your roof to extract more energy and manage other resources more efficiently.

Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

Why let your roof be a passive entity, when it can be actively generating electricity? With the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles, virtually any roof can be renovated to host an array of tiny solar shingles – protecting your house from the elements just like traditional shingles, but also providing clean, infinitely renewable energy. While solar power was once confined to large, bulk arrays that had to be mounted and cleaned continuously; the Dow Powerhouse shingles require minimal maintenance and take very little time to install. For every $1 invested in this solution, it will deliver $5 in savings over the course of its life – excluding the value added to your home.

Thermeleon Roof Tiles

What if your roof instinctively knew when it was hot or cold outside and could adapt accordingly to save energy? With Thermeleon Roof Tiles, your roof can be constantly monitoring weather conditions to help you save hundreds of dollars per year on energy costs. Whenever the summer months arrive, the Thermeleon system’s tiles become white to help reflect heat back into the atmosphere and away from the home; in the winter months, the tiles turn black to help insulate the home and reduce heating costs.

Rainwater Collection

Your roof and gutter system helps filter water away from the edges of your home in an orderly fashion, but that water is often wasted and left to run-off into streets, sewers and the ground. Installing a rainwater collection system is minimally invasive and can help you save on water costs while having plenty of clean water for outdoor use around the home. In many cases, a simple re-routing of the gutter system along with a filter and container such as a barrel will suffice, allowing you to save up to gallons of water every time a series of showers passes through the area.

Added Insulation

Most homes only have about 30 centimetres of insulation in the attic or roof – which is considered acceptable by most building standards. Still, added efficiency in terms of energy consumption can be achieved by filling these spaces with additional R-value insulation. Working to keep the cold out during the winter months and cool air in during the summer, an extra meter of insulation can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs when compared to a standard 1/3 meter layer of the same insulation. Considering how relatively cheap insulation is, adding insulation to your attic or crawlspace is a great way to demand extra efficiency from your roof.

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Today’s guest author, William Brooks, is a civil engineer at Roof and Cladding Professionals, a roofing company based in New South Wales, Australia. His firm specializes in Asbestos re-roofing services at reasonable prices

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