Just like our warm summer here in Hunt Valley, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re like other homeowners working on home improvement projects, you know just how much of an investment 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 looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification once they’ve met certain efficiency requirements determined 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 costs according to ENERGY STAR's website on benefits? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they could
lower your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our Hunt Valley Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A variety of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Beyond window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add a little “green” to your home. For example, exchanging 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 cheaper way to save, you only have to change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and are an easy way to put the cash that would be spent on utility bills back into your wallet. And while we’re talking about lighting…a wonderful alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light in your home. Windows let in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on during the day. Open up those curtains instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you can find a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility bills. And remember 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 Hunt Valley or call 301-354-3633 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.