Though we’ve made some serious strides toward lessening the effects of global climate change, there’s still much to be done. According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, nearly 40% of all energy used in the U. S. is used in commercial and residential buildings. And while people often talk about going out and making a change, you can do even more by watching your energy usage at home and at work. Here’s a brief guide to “going green:”
- Smart energy usage
There are hundreds of ways you can save both money and energy. Investing in a programmable thermostat, installing low-flow water fixtures, switching to LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, buying Energystar-rated appliances, replacing your doors and windows, and insulating your attic are just a few efficient home or business improvement options.
- Using the power of the sun
Though natural gas, electricity, and oil are all effective energy sources, the sun is far and away our planet’s greatest energy source. By installing a skylight, you could give your home another entry point through which the sun’s warming rays may enter. You can also invest in a solar water heater or a solar attic fan to help bring your energy costs way down.
- Installing an efficient roof
There are also many ways you can save money and resources with a new roof. For example, you might have your metal or rubber roof made from mostly recycled materials. You could also take the more literal interpretation of “going green” by installing a living roof, complete with plants and soil that are great for insulation. You might even install solar panels on your roof and produce energy of your own.
If you have any questions about how to use energy more efficiently, contact Roof Solutions of Bethesda. We’re dedicated to providing homeowners all over Bethesda and the rest of the DC area with environmentally-friendly roof services. If you call us today at (301) 358-2688, you’ll be well on your way toward incredible energy savings.