When I replaced the roof on my home two years ago, I never considered the benefit of reducing my monthly energy bills. I procrastinated over the job until I kept finding stray shingles in the lawn. Every time it rained, I needed to catch the leaks from the ceiling in buckets. I was reluctant to hire a roofing contractor, because I knew the project would be expensive and messy. Because the home is super old and the roof had been patched so many times, the entire thing needed to be torn off. There was a great deal of dirt and debris both inside the home and in my gardens and lawn. We were unable to run the air conditioner for an entire week, and the outside temperature climbed into the high eighties. We dealt with horrendous heat, humidity, and bugs. When the new roof was finally in place, my whole family was anxious to turn down the thermostat and start up the air conditioner. Since the house was so extremely overheated, I expected the air conditioner to struggle to bring the temperature down. I anticipated very high energy bills that month. However, the new roof eliminated a great deal of energy losses and reduced the workload of the cooling system. Within an hour, the whole home was nice and cool. Plus, the temperature throughout the house was far more consistent. I’ve since noticed a difference in comfort in the winter, and I pay way less for heating. The house stays cleaner, and even smells better. Replacing the roof has made such a significant difference in the performance of the heating and cooling system, that I’m now looking into improving the insulation in the walls and ceilings.