Almost half of your monthly utility costs are spent to heat and cool your home [source: Federal Trade Commission] so your roof should be your primary consideration when protecting your home from the summer heat and the winter freeze.
An inefficient, badly built or insulated roof can allow too much heat in the summer to warm your living space, leaving you with huge air conditioning bills and it will release that heat in the winter when you want to keep it inside, which leads to huge heating costs.
Spending a little bit more money now on a good roofer to install an efficient roof will save you a lot on future heating and cooling bills not to mention lowering overall maintenance and repair costs.
As winter approaches, Richard Stone of the University of Minnesota Extension can drive through a neighborhood and predict who’s likely to get ice dams when the snow falls. He’s looking for telltale signs of insufficient insulation, inadequate ventilation and open spots where heat leaks through a house’s ceiling and warms the roof from below.
“On a frosty morning, your roof is a map of your attic heat loss and a blueprint for your air-sealing strategy,” he told the Watchdog.
An energy-efficient roof protects you from the elements while keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Energy-efficient roofing and insulation materials are able to deflect the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, ultimately extending the life of your roof and lowering your overall maintenance and repair costs.
In Maine and nationwide, qualified homeowners can receive up to a $2,000 rebate toward the cost of qualifying energy upgrades to a home’s insulation or heating system. Homeowners may work with their contractor to develop a custom energy-saving project or may select from a menu of eligible measures. The incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) will help offset the cost of air sealing, insulation, qualified heating systems, and in some cases, energy assessments.
Ultra-Low Greenhouse Gas Central Heating Systems: One third of the installation cost
Air Sealing (6 hrs): $400
Pellet & Wood Stoves: $500
Air-Source Heat Pumps: $500
Furnaces & Boilers: $500
Whole-House Upgrade (20%-39% energy savings): $1,000
Whole-House Upgrade (40% or greater energy savings): $1,500
See rebate application for full list of rebate bonuses