We spent a few days in Auburn, NY last week working on several projects. Driving through town we saw ice and icicles everywhere! As you know from previous posts, this isn’t good. Of course, Auburn isn’t unique. In towns and cities throughout the Northeast right now we’ve got “perfect” conditions to wreck roofs—a lot of snow and highs in the 20’s. Why the 20s? It’s warm enough that the wasted heat escaping through the attic can melt a lot of snow. But it’s cold enough that the melted water quickly refreezes when it hits the eaves.
Some people are battling this with heat tape on the roofs. This may help (not always) with the short term problem—but now you are using even more energy to address a problem caused by wasting energy! This means very high bills. It’s better to get to the root of the problem.
Back to Auburn. If you live in Central New York, and you’ve got a picture of bad ice at your house, enter our contest and you might win a visit from GreenHomes to help fix the problem!