Just like our warm summer here in Portsmouth, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home improvement projects, you know just how valuable adding “green” products to your home can be.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), since the ENERGY STAR program began, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
One way you can tell which products are energy efficient is by spotting the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package or website. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification when they’ve met certain efficiency requirements set by the EPA.
Did you know, for a typical home, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-certified windows can save you $101-$538 a year on energy bills according to ENERGY STAR's website on benefits? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they may
decrease your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our Portsmouth Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A number of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Aside from window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add ”green” to your home. For example, upgrading a pre-1994 washing machine with an ENERGY STAR-certified model can save a homeowner $40 a year on utility expenses will save on average 1,300 gallons over its lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR's website on dishwashers.
For a less expensive way to save, just change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and are an easy way to put the money that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light in your home. Windows bring in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on in daylight hours. Open up those curtains instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you include in your home, the more you can find a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. And don’t forget that for large-scale replacements like windows and appliances, the cost of the initial product is reduced over time through your energy savings.
Visit your Pella Showroom in Portsmouth or call 603-427-0677 for more information on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.