It doesn't matter who you are, you likely want to save money on your electric bill. You may be diligent in going through your home turning off lights and making sure that unused appliances are turned off and unplugged. However, if you look up at your roof, you may also be able to find ways to save money there as well, and this guide explains how.

Add an Overhang

Ask your roofing company to extend your roof out a little, so that it hangs over the windows. In doing so, you'll prevent the sun from shining through the windows, so your home won't get so hot during the summer. The sun shining through your windows encourages your air conditioning unit to operate more often, causing your energy bill to rise.

Reflect the Sun Away

If you prefer to allow the sun to shine through your windows, have a light colored roof installed. Whether you want shingles, tile, slate or any other type of roof on your home, you can pick a color that reflects the sun, rather than absorbing it.

To obtain the highest savings possible, depending on where you live, combine the overhanging roof with light-colored roofing materials. Of course, you'll want to ensure that the color you choose matches well with the rest of your home, so expect to take your time in choosing the right colors.

Splurge on Solar Panels

Since saving money on your electric bill and doing what's good for the environment is important to you, choose to outfit your roof in solar panels. Yes, these are darker in color but the solar panels actually harness the heat from the sun to create energy that you can use in the rest of your home.

In fact, you can operate the biggest energy hogs in your home, such as the air conditioner, furnace, refrigerator and other appliances with the solar energy that your roof creates. The more free energy you obtain, the more you'll save on your monthly bills.

Expect to pay a hefty amount for a solar panel roof, depending on its size. You can have solar panels installed on part of the roof or cover it in its entirety. The payoff is that you'll save money in the long run if you take this leap of faith up front.

Take your time in deciding what you can with your roof to save energy. Of course your budget will determine how you'll obtain cheaper energy bills, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you'll have the extra money needed for whatever your family needs. Consult with your roofing service company, such as US Roofing, to determine which method is best for you.