Having a roof over your head has more perks than simply keeping you dry at night. If you have the money to make a few renovations, you could turn your roof into a self-sufficient energy source, capable of cutting all your utility bills. Read on to find out just some of the ways of transforming your roof.
Insulate to save money on gas
Heat naturally rises, often escaping through our attics. Taking measures to insulate your loft could stop heat escaping and dramatically cut your gas bills. Attic insulation is becoming progressively cheaper to afford – you may even make up installation costs within a year. You can buy your own thermal wool from most DIY stores, or by shopping online. Alternatively, you can cut out the hassle and call up professionals to insulate your loft for you. In some cases you may even be eligible for a government grant allowing you to insulate your property for free.
Install solar panels
More and more property owners are seeing the potential of solar panels. Re-routing all of your plug sockets to run off solar power could stop you ever having to pay an electricity bill again. Whilst installation costs aren’t cheap, they are dramatically more affordable than years gone by. You should be able to make your money back in a matter of a few years and will up the value of your property if you choose to sell. There are many companies out there such as Sandbar Solar that can install solar panels suited to your specific property. Regardless of what many people think, you can still reap the benefits of solar power in cloudy weather – although you may have difficulty running an entire modern household off this energy source.
Some have even gone so far to run heating off of solar energy. Solar heaters can be placed throughout the home to replace radiators and hot water taps and showers can also be rerouted to run off solar energy. This will of course work out much more costly, but if you’re truly committed to going sustainable it could be the option for you.
Rooftop rainwater recycling systems as provided by companies such as Bushman USA could allow you to cut out water bills from your life. They work by collecting rainwater and purifying it so that it is drinkable. Obviously these are best suited to areas that receive a heavy annual rainfall, although you don’t have to plumb all your pipes into this water source.
These recycling systems aren’t cheap to install, but could be a good long term investment. An alternative method of using rainwater could involve not fitting in a purification system and simply fitting a recycling system that can be used for flushing toilets and watering plants, similar to a greywater recycling system. These systems are much more affordable and whilst they won’t cut your water bills quite as dramatically, they could make a positive dent in them.