Just like the summer here in Edmonton, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you know just how valuable it is to add “green” products to your home.
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.
The easiest way to tell which products are energy efficient is by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification once they’ve met certain efficiency requirements set 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 can lower your carbon footprint by seven to 15 percent, as well.
Those numbers are very convincing, and our Edmonton Showroom has everything 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 up to $110 a year on utility bills and use up to 50 percent less energy than traditional models, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For a cheaper way to save, simply change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs will use 75 percent less energy than traditional 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 sources in your home. Windows bring in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have the 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’ll enjoy a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility bills. And keep in mind 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 Edmonton or call 780-439-9344 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.