By: Nicole Keli
Saving money is something that most people can appreciate, whether it be saving a few pennies at the grocery store to saving big bucks on a new car. But one thing that people might not think about is saving energy. Whether we realize it or not, saving money and saving energy go hand in hand. We all want to save a little money and with the following tips you will be able to do that and become an energy efficient home!:
Tip #1 : Install a programmable thermostat
The hot summer days can cause us to crank up our thermostats, but then what happens to all that air once we leave? Nothing. It stays comfortably on and runs up our electricity bill while we’re gone. Installing a programmable thermostat would allow for you to set a schedule on when the thermostat comes on and when it goes off, meaning you can enjoy all the cool air you want and not have to worry about it going to waste when your gone.
Tip #2 : Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
With today’s technologies, we are all bound to have more than one digital device in our home. Plugging these devices into a power strip provides you with not only an energy efficient home but also easy access to all your devices in one place.
Tip #3 : Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F and take short showers instead of baths
Setting your water heater to a lower setting not only saves energy and money, as water heaters can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 dollars annually, but also slows the build of minerals and corrosion in your pipes. This means that you save your hard-earned money in the long run on repairs. Although hot baths are relaxing after a hard day of work, consider taking a short hot shower instead to help reduce water loss.
Tip #4 : Wash only full loads of clothes
We all have a favorite shirt or pair of pants that we might give a little more attention to than the rest of our clothes. But, before you push that start button know that you are wasting water and ultimately YOUR money when you only wash a few pieces of clothing at a time. Consider giving some of your other clothes a chance to shine throughout the week and in turn ensure that you have a full load of clothes on laundry day.
Tip #5 : Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle; only wash full loads of dishes and clothes
Make sure before you start that dishwasher with your favorite cup that you fill it up with other dishware, so that you optimize your energy. Another great tip for energy is allowing your dishes to air dry instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Air drying dishes will also help prevent streaking on your clean dishes.
That’s all folks! With these few low-cost or no-cost energy saving tips you will be saving dollars and planning your next summer vacation in no time! For more information on how to save energy or more tips for your home you can visit www.energy.gov . Be sure to be on the lookout for more posts on money saving tips and how to make the most of your home this summer!
Emily Videtto, Executive Director of residential roofing at GAF, provides tips for choosing the right roof shingle color and style for your home.
Synthetic roofing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when building your new home, but it should at least make it on your list. This amazing new material which is also referred to as composite roof tiles, is quickly taking over the industry for its impressive look and unbeatable value. Offered with companies like Brava Roof Tile, you can easily customize your roofing selection to mimic any of the popular roof styles, including slate tile, Spanish barrel tile, or shake roof. While the look might be the same, the value is not— as synthetic roofing far outranks its natural alternatives with regards to quality. Read on for a few reason this new material is taking over the market.
Made to Last
Most roofing systems have an expected lifetime that is relatively short. Natural brittle materials like those in slate and shake style roofs can only last so long until they need to be replaced. Severe weather can also contribute to this shortened lifecycle as these materials don’t always endure winds and rains as we’d hope. With synthetic roofing, many of these concerns no longer apply. Enduring wind, water and fire damage better than natural alternatives, these new roofing systems won’t require replacement after a few years, or possibly even ever. Backed by a 50-year warranty, composite roof tiles are meant to last at minimum the lifetime of one homeowner in a house, if not much longer. Contact Texas First Roofing for a quote!
Unlike brittle slate and clay tiles, synthetic roofing is extremely malleable and durable. It won’t arrive to your work site damaged or broken like so many natural alternatives will and it will also outlive the exceeded expectations of other roofing solutions. Withstanding extreme cold and hot temperatures better than other tiles on the market, it also even performs well in thaw season, a time that many homeowners experience a higher risk of leaks and damage.
What many new homeowners don’t realize about about slate and tile roof systems is the incredible weight they bring to a structure. Extra support and work is often required to alleviate this weight, which can run up costs and slow down projects. With synthetic roofing tile this isn’t a concern as its extreme lightweight makes a simple installation possible. Composite roof tile can also be nailed down with a gun, and installed even in cold temperatures.
Overall, synthetic roofing is a much better value for your home. Made from 100% recycled material, it’s even better for the environment as it goes outside the normal processes of draining natural resources from quarries and the like. Extra materials won’t need to be ordered for common reasons such as damage and excess weight, and your new roof can be installed virtually any time of year with its easy installation methods. Fully customizable to your liking and made to last for years to come without fear of weather-induced damage, there’s really no question that composite roof tile are one of the best roofing solutions on the market today.
The strength and durability of a stone coated steel roof is combined with the versatile good looks of a tile, shake or shingle profile to give you a DECRA® roofing system. DECRA® panels have a unique interlocking design, that withstand high winds and add shear strength.
DECRA® Roofing Systems' unique design allows for roofing panels that contain numerous protective layers. Each of these layers serves the dual function of protection or adhesion for the next processing step.
Attention to detail matters. ProEdge® Hip & Ridge Shingles provide a clean and consistent look. Their enhanced aesthetics add distinction to your roof line.
Whether you are selling your home or simply ready to express your style in a new way, a roof makeover makes a huge difference when it comes to curb appeal.
"Most homeowners don't give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice,"
When selecting a shingle style and color, it’s important to choose a design that will complement your home’s beauty. From rustic farmhouse to modern mansion, TAMKO® can help you craft your dream roof.
Faced with the daunting task of choosing colors for their home renovation, Danielle Braley and her son Harrison Braley consult CertainTeed’s online ColorCoach™ tool for tips on creating a complementary combination of roofing, siding and trim. The virtual “swatches” are then applied to their home using the ColorView® online visualization tool. Finally, Danielle pays a visit to the Harvey Building Products showroom to confirm her choices.