Keep your house cool with a light-colored exterior
Here in the South, summertime means hot, humid weather. Sweat beads on your brow just from checking the mail or taking the dog around the block. Your body is working hard to keep you cool in the summer heat. In this climate, it is essential that your house stays cool during the summer to provide refuge from the sweltering temperatures outside. But no one wants to pay high energy bills every month from running the A/C all day!
One way to help keep your house cool and energy bills low is to use light colored exterior colors on your home. Light colored Energy Star shingles can be purchased for a nearly (if not the) exact price as standard dark shingles. The Cool Roof Rating Council estimates a 7-15 percent reduction in energy consumption associated with the higher roof reflectance of light colored shingles (when compared to traditional dark colored shingles). The exterior paint color of your home can have similar effects.
Maybe you should consider going with a pastel green instead of a darker olive color on your next home.
Companies: The Imery Group
Luis Imery Luis Imery, through his business the Imery Group, is a full service construction, home energy performance, green certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. Its construction division has become pioneers in the Athens, GA area in green building of speculative, custom and design-built construction. Just in 2011 they have over 110 units slated for green certification under the EarthCraft program. www