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  1. Is your home ready for a new roof? Replacing your worn or damaged roof not only keeps your head dry but also presents an opportunity to make your home a little greener. Making sustainable and energy efficient decisions for your new roof can lower your carbon footprint and keep a little more money in your wallet. Here are four eco-friendly roof upgrades to consider for your next roof renovation. Choose a Cooler Color If you live in a hot, sunny climate, cooling down your roof can make a big difference in your monthly energy bill. Picking a lighter color that reflects heat and light away from your home is a simple way to make your roof greener that doesn't add any cost to your project. You can also coat your roof in reflective paint or a sheet covering if you don't plan to replace your shingles. Get a Metal Roof Metal is another cool roofing option that's also lightweight and durable. Choosing metal can save a lot of money on roof repair because it lasts many times longer than a shingle roof and requires little to no maintenance. With a combination of energy efficiency, longevity, and an affordable initial cost, metal roofing is an all-around great option. Metal is also highly recyclable and sustainable. Go Natural Do you prefer a more traditional look? Consider a sustainable, natural material like wood, clay, or slate. For homeowners who prefer a classic cottage style, wood shingles are eco-friendly and last as long as their asphalt counterparts. Clay tiles are another natural option that keeps your home cool and provides a Spanish villa vibe. If it's durability you're seeking, you can't go wrong with long-lasting slate. Install Solar Panels One of the most eco-friendly upgrades you can add to your roof is a set of solar panels. Solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity, and some states even pay you for the energy that your panels put back into the grid. If you live in a climate with lots of sun, solar panels can potentially reduce your monthly electricity bill to zero. Is your budget tight? You can still have an eco-friendly roof on a shoestring by making a few simple upgrades. Adding some extra insulation or choosing light grey over black shingles can significantly lower your home's energy consumption at little to no cost. You can also look for grants and tax incentives to lower the cost of your new sustainable roof.