Just like our warm summer here in Wilmington, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home renovation or remodeling 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 spotting the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package or website. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification upon meeting certain efficiency requirements set 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 could
lower your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Wilmington Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A few 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, 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 less expensive way to save, simply change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and are an ideal way to put the money that would be spent on utility bills back into your wallet. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a good 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 blinds 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 expenses. 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 Wilmington or call 910-218-9596 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.