Program to replace roofs with lighter color shows progress

San Antonio Under 1 Roof Program launched in May

SAN ANTONIO – Homeowners and researchers agree that a roof-replacement program aimed at reducing temperatures and utility bills is working.

San Antonio Under 1 Roof Program was launched in May, when 10 homeowners were selected to get their roofs replaced by lighter-colored roofs.

Jose Hernandez is one of the homeowners who was selected for the program.

Hernandez said when the city replaced his roof in July, he could immediately "feel" the differnce.

Hernandez, who once had utility bills as high as $600, can also tell the difference in his pocketbook.

"On our bills it shows, the way our bill was before and since we got the roof," he said. "Little by little, but it's been going down." 

District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino helped launched the program that he said was also designed to keep people in their homes for a longer period of time.

Trevino said data compiled from UTSA researchers, who have been tracking the progress of the pilot program, shows that there is a temperature drop in the homes.

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