The green movement is on the rise with Americans learning more and more ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Even if you’re not ready to make a drastic lifestyle change, there are still many simple adjustments that everyone can easily incorporate into their everyday lives such as recycling aluminum cans instead of throwing them in landfills or replacing an old light bulb with one made from LEDs which will last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
The embracing of environmentally conscious lifestyles has become increasingly common among US citizens who want to find new tips and tricks about how they can live sustainably while reducing waste simultaneously.
Today, we’ll break down how your roofing system can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Installing Recycled Asphalt Shingles
Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) is a new roofing material on the market. Developed by GAF, RAS is made up of 15% recycled asphalt materials that were sourced from tear-off roofing processes.
Every year, 12 million tons of asphalt roofing waste end up in landfills. By installing a RAS roofing system, you would not only be making your roofing system a little more eco-friendly, but you would be reducing the amount of asphalt waste produced every year.
Metal Roof Installations
Metal roofs are certainly the eco-friendly roofing system worth considering. Not only is metal made from recycled materials, but it can be easily recycled once your current roof reaches its end of lifespan – which is in like 30 – 50 years.
Metal reflects UV light better than any other material out there meaning you’ll spend less on energy bills and enjoy more natural heat protection for those cold winter months ahead.
Usually, when an area experiences significant rainfall, this rain is efficiently transported away from your home via your gutter system. This water then flows into the nearest drain and is then taken away by the municipal stormwater pipes.
However, what if we told you that you could collect this water and use it for things like watering your garden or washing your car. Using this water, you can reduce your water bill and help save the planet at the same time.
Invest in Solar Panels or Solar Shingles
Solar panels or solar shingles are a great way to power your home with the sun’s energy. Embracing this clean form of renewable electricity in our homes can reduce how much we rely on heavy and polluting fossil fuel-powered plants, which produce billions of tons worth of carbon dioxide each year.
The federal government offers homeowners who have installed these technologies nearly $2000 in tax breaks as well. That means that not only will you be saving money from installing them but doing your bit to save the environment as well.
For tips and tricks on how you can make your home more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, give Certified Roofing a call today! Proudly serving the cities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Clarksville, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Frederick, Fulton, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Green Valley, Highland, Hunt Valley, Hyattsville, Kensington, Laurel, Lutherville, Montgomery Village, North Laurel, Olney, Owings Mills, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Timonium, Towson, Wheaton, Woodstock, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and all surrounding areas.