The rising cost of electricity is certainly motivating American homeowners to look for more practical ways to reduce their regular consumption. One of the ways is by using green building techniques, such as mounting solar panels atop roofs of homes and buildings. Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reports that the White House has taken initiative to promote the said green technology:
“The White House has completed installing solar panels on the First Family’s residence, a process it started back in 2010.
President Obama, who will announce the project’s completion as part of a broader push to expand solar energy deployment in the private and public sectors, took up the gauntlet nearly three decades after Ronald Reagan dismantled the panels Jimmy Carter had put on the roof.
… Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said putting solar panels on the residence “are a really important message, that solar is here. We are doing it, we can do a lot more.”
“I am very bullish on the future of solar energy as a key part of our clean energy future,” he adds.”
Americans should take every possible opportunity to make their homes energy-efficient and environment-friendly, especially now that the President himself is demonstrating how everyone can do it. The cost of solar panels have relatively gone down compared to when they were first introduced, so finding a set that fits any budget should no longer be a problem. Aside from the cost, though, the other big issue that future eco-friendly homeowners would have to face is whether their roofs can take on the additional load that solar panels bring.
To solve this problem, homeowners would need to get the professional opinion of a competent Menlo Park roofing contractor. Only trained and experienced roofers have the necessary knowledge and skills to determine whether mounting solar panels on roofs would cause significant changes to the structural integrity of homes and buildings. People that want to engage in environment-friendly projects involving their homes are advised to first consult with professional roofers to ensure safety and viability before giving the green light for the project.
In cases where contractors, such as Shelton Roofing Co., see that implementing a green project is likely to cause some damage to homes, they can suggest that re-roofing Menlo Park homes should first be done. They will immediately provide accurate estimates of the cost of materials and labor needed to conduct the necessary changes in the structure. They can even make sure that their building processes also follow an eco-friendly approach to truly keep in line with customers’ environmental goals.
(Source: Solar panels here to stay atop White House roof, Juliet Eilperin, May 9, 2014)