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 in the house. I’ve sanded down and varnished the wood floors, replaced all of the light fixtures, and installed brand new countertops and cupboards. I spent a small fortune on leather furniture for the living room, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Most of the investments I make add convenience and comfort to my life and improve the aesthetics of the house. Last summer, I was forced to replace the roof on the house, and I was not happy. I put off the roofing job for as long as possible. When rain was leaking through the ceilings and I kept finding shingles in the law, I knew I’d run out of time. Replacing the roof was super expensive, caused damage to my gardens, and I barely noticed the change in the appearance. I was pleasantly surprised, however, how much more comfortable my home was that following winter. I was able to set the thermostat quite a bit lower than usual, and the furnace ran far less. Energy had definitely been escaping right through my leaky roof, causing a larger workload for the furnace. With the new roof in place, the furnace was able to achieve more evenly distributed comfort, and there were no longer drafts and cold spots. My heating bills were significantly reduced, and with less wear and tear on the heating equipment, it should last longer. I now wish that I’d had the roof replaced years ago.