This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]!

Snow has definitely arrived! What can you know with snow? Try this!

Look at your roof and the roofs of surrounding homes. A light snow (not 20+ inches!) can tell you a lot about the efficiency of a home. About an inch of snow is best to identify issues. Fast-melting roof snow can be a symptom of inadequate insulation or warm air leakage into the attic — or both.

Not all areas of missing snow are indications of energy issues. Hone your eye by taking note of tree limbs over a home, high winds, and areas where direct sun may create funky patterns on a roof. Nevertheless, this is a quick way to take inventory of what might be happening in your home.

We talked about energy audits previously. Uneven snow patterns on your roof would be a good reason to give an energy audit professional a call. They can examine a home and make informed recommendations to improve insulation and comfort. An audit can uncover other energy efficiency issues as well.

Stay safe out there and keep an eye on your roof. It might be trying to tell you something.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of


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