LADWP’s ‘Cool Roof’ Rebates Reduce Costs and Save Energy
|LOS ANGELES — Now that the Municipal Building Code requires new and refurbished homes to have “cool roofs,” Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) customers are urged to take advantage of LADWP’s “cool roof” rebate to offset the cost of meeting the new requirement.
As of January 1, the new building code made L.A. the first major city to require cool roofs on homes as a means to reduce energy use as well as promote health. Cool roofs use a type of material that naturally reflects sunlight and helps buildings be more than 50 degrees cooler on the surface. During a hot summer day, this material can be highly effective in cooling off the inside of the building by several degrees, saving on air conditioning and reducing chances of heat-related injuries or death.
“Our cool roof rebate helps customers to save money up front on the cost of installing a cool roof and in the long run by lowering their energy bill. By reducing energy use on a citywide basis, we are cutting back the amount of fossil fuel power generation that contributes to climate change, as well as helping to reduce the urban heat island effect,” said David Jacot, Director of LADWP Efficiency Solutions.
LADWP’s rebates for cool roofs have been offered since 2010, and have helped pay for about 700,000 square feet of residential cool roof materials, used for both single-family and multi-family buildings. “The rebates are designed to offset the cost of building a cool roof compared to a conventional roof,” Jacot said.
LADWP revised its rebate program last year to support the anticipated Building Code requirement. Two levels of rebates are now available:
To learn more about the LADWP’s cool roof rebate, visit www.ladwp.com/rebatesandprograms and click on “Building Products.”