Just like the summer here in Lethbridge, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation projects, you know just how much of an investment adding “green” products to your home can be.
Adopting energy-efficient products in your home will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they will save you money in yearly utility costs. According to the Natural Resources Canada website, windows and doors can account for up to 25% of the total heat loss in your home.
An easy way to tell which products are energy efficient is by finding the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification once they’ve met certain efficiency requirements laid out by the EPA.
Did you know ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can potentially save you $146-$501 a year on energy expenses? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they may reduce your carbon footprint by seven to 15 percent, as well.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Lethbridge Showroom has everything 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 ”green” to your home. For example, switching a pre-1994 washing machine with an ENERGY STAR-certified model can save a homeowner up to $110 a year on utility expenses and use up to 50 percent less energy than traditional models, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For a less expensive way to save, you only have to change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs will use 75 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 your pocket. And while we’re talking about lighting…a great 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 the lights on during the day. Open up those shades instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you’ll find 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 Lethbridge or call 403-328-2517 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.