Just like our summer months here in Terre Haute, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re like other 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.
The easiest way to tell which products are energy efficient is by spotting the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification when 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 expenses according to ENERGY STAR? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they may
lower your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are very convincing, and our Terre Haute Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A variety of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
- Every one of our window and
door products have energy efficient options and many achieve ENERGY STAR-requirements.
- We use a Low-E
insulating glass with argon to prevent heat from transferring
into your home.
- Our triple-pane
glass options block up to 95 percent of UV rays from the sun.
Aside from window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add some “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 energy bills will save on average 1,300 gallons over its lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR.
For a low cost way to save, simply 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 pocket. And while we’re on the subject of 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 all day. Open up those blinds 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 keep in mind 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 Terre Haute or call 812-234-0729 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.