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Cooler Roof in DC – Saving DOE (tax-payer) Money


When the Department of Energy headquarters building in DC needed a new roof, they decided to make it a cooler one – using lighter-colored roofing materials and special coatings to reflect more of the sun’s heat. Combined with improved insulation in the building, this new roof will save tax-payers $2,000 each year for no additional money out-of-pocket (the roof needed to be replaced).

According to a press release from the Department of Energy, this demonstration project was “installed as part of the federal government’s commitment to lead by example in increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon pollution and demonstrating the benefits of clean energy technologies.”

Today, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the completion of the new roof – releasing a YouTube video that shows the new roof installation and discusses some of the benefits of installing a cool roof.

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