I like to continually improve my house, and I am always involved in some sort of renovation project. I’ve gradually replaced every wall, ceiling, window and door inside my home. I’ve sanded down and varnished the wood floors, replaced all the light fixtures, and installed cutting edge countertops and cupboards. I spent a large amount of money on leather furniture for the den, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Most of the investments I make add convenience and comfort to life and improve the aesthetics of the house. Last summer, I was forced to the roof on the house, and I was not thrilled about it. I put off the roofing job for as long as I could. When rain was leaking through the ceilings and I kept finding shingles in the lawn, I knew that had come to an end. Replacing the roof was very expensive, caused problems for my gardens, and I barely noticed the change in the appearance. I was pleasantly taken aback, however, by how comfortable my home was that next winter. I was able to set the thermostat a lot lower than usual, and the furnace ran far less. Energy had definitely been escaping through my leaky roof, causing a more substantial workload for the furnace. With the new roof in place, the furnace could achieve more evenly distributed comfort, and there were no more drafts and cold spots. My heating bills were significantly lower, and with less wear and tear on the heating equipment, it should keep going longer. I now wish that I’d had the roof replaced much sooner.