Just like our warm summer here in Annapolis, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home renovation projects, you understand 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.
The easiest way to 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 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 may
reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Annapolis Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A few things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Aside from window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add a little “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's website on dishwashers.
For a cheaper 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 those dollars that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a wonderful 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 in daylight hours. Open up those blinds instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you put in your home, the more you can enjoy a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. And don’t forget that for large-scale replacements like windows and appliances, the cost of the initial product is decreased over time through your energy savings.
Visit your Pella Showroom in Annapolis or call 240-293-1068 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.