Paint Your Roof White to Save Energy

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Here’s a quick tip to keep your home cooler and thus bring your energy bill down. Paint your roof white. It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. As white roofs can stay up to 30% cooler in the summer.
This is big idea thinking meant to slowdown global warming but if we take it to a micro-level it certainly couldn’t hurt our own energy bill.
Tom Silva of This Old House agrees that changing the reflectivity of your roof will keep your home cooler and he recommends painting your roof with a white elastomeric coating and foregoing the ones containing insulating beads as they’ve been proven to be just as effective as the non-bead paint.


Hat tip ~ Andrew Sullivan
photo: Runder

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • plumbinglasvegas

    Nice images of HOME, KITCHIN, BATHROOM, ets….., with plumbing. And i agree with 4 tips.

  • AliceWonderland42

    Hot and Cold water was a huge problem for me, luckily I found some really good San Diego plumbers who helped fix it and install everything I needed to create the perfect laundry room.

  • http://www.plumbingoakland.org Plumbing Oakland

    Great tips! This is very useful for the people who wants to do DIY plumbing and help improve their kitchen. Keep it up!

    -Francis

  • loverevolver4

    Thank! Very useful!

  • http://www.bes.co.uk plumbing supplies

    I barely see some house that has a laundry room. They says installing a laundry room is expensive and I think they are right.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ENXSJ77PENXIRRY5H4AJBY7ZQ Mark Henry

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for the laundry room plumbing tips. Well I am opening a hotel and this would help me in plumbing work of the laundry department.
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    industrial equipment

  • http://www.earlgrayandsons.com/waterheaters.html Dwane Zelinsky

    Hot and cold water are indeed important for laundry. Severe stains on clothes can only be removed by hot water. Moreover, your laundry room facility must have an open area that gets a lot of sunlight. These are the most important factors when it comes to laundry. Your tips are very efficient.

  • dublinplumbingservices

    That’s true that a separate laundry room will cost you more, instead of this one can make use of space near the kitchen so that they can make use of kitchen plumbing to make the installation easier.

  • http://www.leasideplumbing.ca/ Toronto Plumbing

    It is very much necessary that we should have proper drainage system in the laundry so that we don’t have to face any problem while doing our work… You provide such a nice tips through which we can easily have the well managed drainage system….

  • http://aroundtheclockplumbinginc.com/ Bibi Karpel

    True. Laundry room plumbing is the most complex type of plumbing in a house. But this doesn’t mean that this can’t be a DIY job. It is highly advisable to check for loose tiles where they come into contact with the laundry tub or sinks. If the walls appear to be soft, there may be a leak behind the tiles causing damage to the structure.