In case any of y’all were doubtful of my earlier post about how light- or dark-colored roofs can make a difference with your home’s climate control, here is this report from KRQE.com in Albuquerque, N.M.

A reporter flew over the city and took infrared photographs to find out where the hot spots and cool spots were.

One of the cool spots was a water park, in which jets and mists of water help keep the local kids cool. Other cool spots were where grass and trees were planted. Albuquerque is planting 2,000 trees a year in medians, parks and golf courses in a long-term effort to cool it down.

On the other hand:

One of many elements affecting the temperature of the city is by the colors chosen for the tops of the buildings.

In the United States, 90 percent of rooftops are dark colored.

The sun’s rays are absorbed making buildings and surroundings much hotter. That also drives up energy use.

Two neighboring houses recorded from Skyranger illustrate the difference: The infrared camera shows the home with the dark-colored roof as white, hot, while the white-colored roof is recorded as dark and cool.

That 90 percent number for dark-colored roofs is a startling statistic. Maybe there ought to be a public campaign to inform the public about how energy-sucking dark-colored roofs are, especially in the Sun Belt.

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