Would A Solar Roof, Benefit You?: 4 Considerations

For how many years, have we heard about the need, to minimize our dependence on non – renewable, fossil fuels, and replace this, with emphasizing, greener, renewable energy sources? In the past, some alternatives, which were considered, included, using solar, geo – thermal, etc, but, in most cases, either, it was too expensive, and/ or, unpleasing, from a cosmetic, esthetic perspective! A few years ago, one of the companies founded by Elon Musk, created, and introduced, replaceable solar roof tiles, instead of, using units, which, sit, on top of the regular roof. He addressed the significant issue of costs, by marketing these tiles, at approximately, the same price, of conventional roofing. However, each person must discover, whether a solar roof, would make sense, for them, or be wiser, than a more conventional alternative. There are four primary considerations, to evaluate, and this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, these.

1. Examine total costs: Carefully, consider the total costs of changing to this alternative style. This includes the materials, labor, hooking these into the electric – grid, and, in some municipalities, government imposed, fees, etc.

2. Does the existing roof need replacement?: How old is your existing roof? What condition is it in? Obviously, if you would have to install a new roof, anyway, installing a solar roof, becomes even more affordable, etc. Are the installers and technicians, in your geographic area/ region, qualified, and trained, to properly install these newer solutions?

3. Exposure and obstructions: Traditional solar panels require a Southern exposure, in order to maximize, the return, on investment! These replaced tiles cover the entire area, but, one must examine, whether, sufficient sunlight, in an unobstructed manner, makes this approach, the logical decision! Examine, whether, the esthetics, and cosmetics, of this style, are consistent, with your house’s maximum appeal!

4. Local zoning issues, laws, and regulations: Some municipalities impose restrictions on solar panels, but, few, to date, have fully addressed, Elon Musk’s latest creation! Although, from, both, a longer – term, financial/ economic perspective, as well as from a renewable energy point – of – view, implementing this approach, is a relevant, responsive, sustainable approach.

After the hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, a couple of years ago, Musk’s company, brought in, these techniques, and, got, certain hospitals, and schools, up – and – running, quickly and effectively/ efficiently, well before the electrical grid was reinstated. We must begin to think ahead, and become more environmentally, responsible!

6 Green House Considerations

Because of the many environmental concerns, threats and considerations, many buyers, as well as homeowners, today, have become more – and – more concerned with various factors, often referred to as green real estate. There are many considerations, and variations, as well as degrees of greening individuals are interested in. Some (however a minority) are real environmentalists, and want their home, to exhibit their concern and attention, to this very important issue. Others merely want to proceed in a somewhat balanced manner, and want to include reasonable green characteristics. This article will be a basic one, and discuss, in general terms, 6 considerations, regarding making your home, a greener one.

1. Windows and doors: Obviously, energy conservation is a major environmental concern. We often speak about a business’ carbon footprint, but, obviously, certain houses are far more energy – efficient than others. When were your windows replaced and/ or upgraded, and are they efficient? Do they keep out most of the cold, in the winter, and minimize the amount of heat, which enters in the hottest weather? What materials are your windows and doors, made of? Do your doors leak? Begin by having someone do an energy inspection, and see if you are losing much heat, because of inefficiencies. Doors can often be made more efficient, by having them re – hung, and putting a properly installed, sweep, on the bottom of the door. How much money, and energy are you wasting?

2. Solar, geo – thermal, etc: Some houses are candidates for solar panels, while others are not! What direction does your roof face? Are there any large trees blocking your roof? How many hours a day, of sun, does your roof, experience? Have you had your home examined, to discover whether you might be a good candidate for geo – thermal? This often requires a combination and evaluation of your property, pitch, location, and layout.

3. Energy – efficient burners/ boilers, and air conditioners: When was the last energy efficiency evaluation, you had performed? How old is your burner/ boiler, and is it efficient? What type of air conditioning do you use, and what it the Energy Efficiency Rating?

4. Roof: Light – colored roofs reflect heat, while darker ones, absorb it. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense, that warmer climates should use lighter ones, and colder ones, darker? What is the material being used? Is it efficient, effective and safe? How old is the roof?

5. Insulation: What is the rating of your insulation, and how well insulated, is the house? Have the walls (especially outside ones) checked, for efficiency? Older houses tend not to have updated insulation, or may contain less than the safest materials. An ounce of prevention, makes lots of sense!

6. Materials: Are you using safe, sustainable materials, in your house? This is generally more relevant, in newer houses, or extensions, but if you are concerned with the environment, you should consider the sustainability, safety and impacts of your home!

There are numerous environmental considerations. Whether you are truly committed to the environment, or merely want to be responsible, and save money (and be safer), it makes sense to think green!