Just like our summer months here in Northern Virginia, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home improvement projects, you know just how valuable it is to add “green” products to your home.
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 upon meeting certain efficiency requirements laid out 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's website on benefits? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they can
decrease your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our Northern Virginia Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A number of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Besides 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 bills will save on average 1,300 gallons over its lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR's website on dishwashers.
For a cheaper 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 cash that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re discussing lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural lighting in your home. Windows bring in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on during the day. Open up those blinds instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you include in your home, the more you can enjoy a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. And remember that for large-scale replacements like windows and appliances, the cost of the initial product is lessened over time through your energy savings.
Visit your Pella Showroom in Northern Virginia or call 571-292-3519 for more information on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.