For Aussies, the summertime represents a mixed blessing. While it’s the time of the year when you can wear board shorts and thongs and head to the beach at all hours of the day, there’s also the sweltering heat to deal with. To beat the heat, many Australians leave their air conditioners on full blast 24/7, and as a result of the ever-increasing price of energy people end up facing astronomical energy bills. But what if there was a way to save money and help the environment at the same time — all by making some improvements to your roof?
Beat the heat at home
It’s common knowledge that wearing black clothing or driving a black car during the summer is guaranteed to be an uncomfortable experience, as black absorbs heat. But to many people, it doesn’t occur to them that the same logic also applies to having dark-coloured roofs as well. If you have a black, dark grey or navy coloured roof, consider painting it white or with lighter colours. Not only will your roof stop absorbing heat, but paler coloured roofs will also reflect the heat away and keep your home cool. This helps keeps household energy consumption down, which is both great for keeping utility costs down while also meaning you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment — a win-win situation.
Making the most of the beautiful weather
Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the magnificent Australian sun. Installing skylights in your roof gives your house a natural, radiant ambiance, and ensures you’re getting a steady stream of serotonin even if you’re stuck inside working, doing chores or even just watching TV. You also won’t need to have lights switched on, which again means reduced energy bills and greenhouse emissions, all while creating a more pleasant indoor environment.
Make your friends green with envy
As our cities become more crowded, for many the Aussie tradition of having a large backyard is slowly disappearing. But there’s one area of the property where space is often not well-utilised: the roof. Having a green roof or roof garden has many benefits, from giving your house a more distinguished look as well as having a place to garden. A vegetative layer on the top of your house also absorbs sunlight and keeps your house cool. And the best part is that you don’t need to worry about maintaining it during the winter months — the rain will take care of that!