That's right. If you live in a particularly warm climate, a light colored roof could save you 20% on cooling costs. So it makes sense that The New York Times is reporting that light roofs are catching on. That's a good thing. But before you go an paint your roof white, find out if it's right for your climate...
If you live in a super cold climate (think Detroit), a light roof will increase your heating costs in the winter, basically negating the cooling benefits in the summer. But, according to The New York Times article, as far north as New York light roofs still yield significant benefits —saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
It's a fascinating topic, at least we think so. If you feel the same, you can read a really nice summary of the white roof debate right here.
Via: New York Times