Why Green Roofs Make Sense for People Who Don’t Usually Care About the Environment

Sourced from Blue and Green Tomorrow

Not everyone is eco-friendly. Some people just don’t understand or care about the long-term benefits to the environment of living a greener existence. And that’s okay; to each their own. Sometimes people need to come at things from a different angle.

Thankfully, there are some good reasons to consider creating a green roof. Not all of them relate to the environmental benefits. Let’s look at a few of those now.

Lower Heating Bills
If preserving the environment isn’t enough to encourage you to go green, then maybe saving money will. You may be surprised to know that there are a plenty of ways that living green will cut your energy bills, particularly with heating.

American Express published an article on the ways that you can use green living to shave heating costs. One of the benefits they highlighted was the importance of adding insulation. This not only cuts your heating bill, but it also helps the environment at the same time. In fact, most steps that you will take to lower your heating bill are probably going to be good for the environment, since they end up leading to less consumption of fuel and fewer CO2 emissions.

It surprises homeowners to learn that planting a garden on the roof is beneficial to their heating and cooling bill. When the temperatures soar at the hottest time of the year, the soil helps to soak up the sun’s heat preventing it from penetrating the roof. The resulting effect drops the temperature as much as 6-8 degrees.

The lower indoor temperature is often the difference between turning on the expensive air-conditioning or making do with a standing fan. Given that the cost of operating one or more AC units is several times that of running a fan, energy bills are lowered. With less use of the AC units, they’re likely to last a bit longer too, also reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

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