Opening all the windows in your home is one of the first sure signs spring has arrived! After a long winter, you might notice your home is in need of a little love. Tackling spring cleaning is much easier if you open all the windows, turn up some great music and get moving!
October is the month for pumpkin spice lattes, Friday night football games and falling leaves. But it also ushers in cooler temperatures, which can cause home heating costs to increase. Here’s the good news: you can save money by saving energy.
In recognition of Energy Awareness Month, here are some tips and resources to help you live smarter and more sustainably:
Create a home energy profile. Get started by checking out the ENERGY STAR® Home Advisor tool, which gives you a prioritized list of energy-saving recommendations customized to your home. All it takes is the click of a few buttons – it's never been easier to make your home more efficient.
Look for the blue label. You’ve probably seen the blue ENERGY STAR label on a variety of products, including dishwashers, refrigerators, and new windows and doors. That designation means the product meets or exceeds strict energy performance standards from the Environmental Protection Agency. So by simply choosing to buy products with the blue label, you’re saving money. As a bonus, with the purchase of ENERGY STAR products, you may also be eligible for tax credits.
Choose better windows. Installing energy-efficient windows and doors not only helps reduce your emissions by decreasing the potential energy needed to heat and cool your home, but it also saves you money. Pella® ENERGY STAR certified windows can help lower energy costs.
Install smarter. A window or door is only as good as its installation, and proper installation is critical to maximize your energy efficiency. Looking for the expertise and service of local professionals from start to finish with a no-mess, no-guess installation day? Work with your local Pella Showroom!
Practice good habits.
1. Plug electronics into a power strip. That way, you can turn the strip off when you’re not using them.
2. Use a microwave or toaster oven to reheat food. Ovens use more energy.
3. Keep your freezer full – the fuller it is; the less energy it uses.
4. Set your dishwasher and washing machine to economy and/or green mode.
5. Turn off fans and lights when not in use.
6. Shorten the amount of time you spend showering to save on hot water costs.
7. In addition to ENERGY STAR certified Pella windows, look for appliances labeled with the ENERGY STAR stamp of approval.
Maximize natural light. When you’re able to rely on natural light for most of the day, electricity costs can be reduced. If you’re renovating your home, consider adding new window openings to increase the amount of natural light. If you’re building a new home, combining an open floor plan with lots of windows brings in even more natural light.
If you want to learn how you can save energy and money by replacing your windows and doors, contact your local Pella representative.