When global oil prices go down, many of the reductions never seem to show up in the bills we pay to heat our homes. In real U.S. dollar terms, crude oil prices remained steady for about 100 years, until the early 1970s. In the last 40 years, prices spiked 1,000% before the recent volatility and drop.
Regardless of the ups and downs of prices, today’s energy costs chew up a larger portion of household maintenance budget. So it pays to reduce your energy consumption.
When told they may be wasting energy and losing money, most homeowners start thinking of the insulation in their houses. Few of them will think of their roofing material. But, in addition to wanting to minimize energy costs, homeowners are increasingly concerned about the environment and always looking for new ways minimize their impact on it.
The result is the emergence of a number of roofing material options that are more energy-efficient. The one that is most energy efficient for your home depends on your home’s location, how you heat and cool your home and its other insulating and energy-conserving features.
Each type of roofing material will have an option that is the most energy efficient for that material. The following materials will give you higher energy efficiency than their regular versions:
Energy Star®-rated Fiberglas Shingles
Fiberglas shingles are the most popular roofing material on Toronto homes. Most major shingle manufacturers offer an Energy-Star®-rated shingle option.
Already known as great insulator, cedar roofing has an excellent thermal insulation rating and works like a second layer of insulation for your roof.
If you’re environmentally conscious, you may want to consider looking for roofing made from recycled materials.