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!
If you think about the home you live in, there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s more than just something pretty to look at. It involves an intricate number of systems – heating, cooling, lighting and appliances – all working to keep you comfortable and satisfied.
But while it’s one thing to be satisfied with the temperature of your home, it’s another thing to be satisfied with its energy bills. To save money and improve performance, you have to invest in quality, energy-efficient systems.
So where do you start when you’re looking to create an energy efficient home? An effective strategy is to first target the structures that make up your home’s exterior: walls, attic, windows and doors. And because October is National Energy Awareness Month, we thought we’d take a few minutes to let you in on a few of our favorite window and door energy efficiency tips.
We’ll have more posts on energy efficiency in the weeks to come, including a before and after look at one Minnesota couple’s home. So stay tuned!
The Scoop on ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR rated windows and doors are a great way to make your home more energy efficient. For more than 20 years, people have looked to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over two billion metric tons since 19921.
Did you know? Pella has earned the distinguished ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award nine times! We offer a wide arrangement of ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors.
What Energy Efficient Windows and Doors Can Do for You
1. Save money – and more. Installing ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors lowers energy bills and saves you money. With more efficient windows, you also use less energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. For typical homes, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR rated products saves an average of $101 - $583 annually on the cost of their home’s energy bills, and 1,006 to 6,205 pounds of CO2 – which adds up to an equivalent to 51 to 310 gallons of gasoline a year!2
2. Get comfortable. Reduce cold drafts and overheated spaces. Energy efficient windows and doors help keep your home’s temperature consistently comfortable.
3. Protect your valuables. Many ENERGY STAR certified windows and doors have a special coating on the glass that helps reduce fading from the sun’s rays on furniture inside your home.
Now that you know more about why having an energy efficient home matters, contact a Pella showroom near you to learn how to transform your home's energy footprint with windows and doors.