Just like our summer months here in Baltimore, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you know just how much of an investment 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.
One way you can tell which products are energy efficient is by spotting the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. 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 bills according to ENERGY STAR's website on benefits? 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 Baltimore Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A variety 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, upgrading 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 less expensive way to save, you only have to change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and are an ideal way to put those dollars that would be spent on utility bills back into your wallet. And while we’re talking about lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light sources 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 shades instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you put in your home, the more you can find a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. And keep in mind 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 Baltimore or call 301-637-0762 for more information on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.