Everyone is looking for green living ways to do two things: Save money. Save the earth. And one of the easiest ways to do that is to paint your rooftop white. For areas of the country that have more hot weather, this will reflect heat and save you money in cooling during the summer months.
Another option is to plant a roof garden. This is bringing the green living back to the urban areas actually and will also help insulate the building or home during the winter months. A rooftop garden will also eliminate run-off water which adds to the water polluting by soaking up storm water for the garden.
In Portland Oregon, it is reported that there are more than 400 rooftops that have gone green and almost as many in Bellingham, Washington. Green living by way of green rooftops is making its way across California to Illinois and to New York City. Roofs are being designed so that they can take advantage of the elements as well as provide the protection that has always been the number one rule of roofing.
To build a green living roof, you don’t have to put a lot of investment into it. For as little as $8 per square foot and the average is close to $16 per square foot when working with conventional rooftops. These green living roofs provide great protection by way of plants, which can be fruits, and vegetables that can be consumed, another savings point.
Taking It Inside
Once you have established your green living roof, you can take your green living efforts inside with the lighting. We have heard about Energy Star, LED and R-Values, but there is more to living green than just those things. With the latest in cutting edge technology, your home can be the coolest home on the block, making your neighbors green with jealousy.
The LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the official that sets the standards for “green” buildings. This is a program established by the U.S. Green Building Council. This program certifies the buildings with an emphasis on 5 categories:
- Atmosphere and Energy
- Interior Air Quality
- Materials and Resources
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
Over the years, we have had homes being built that the basic green technology was incorporated long before it become “cool” to be living green. Such as homes with the porch facing due east so that it would capture the sun in the morning.