Just like our summer months here in Traverse City, energy efficiency remains a hot topic. If you’re like other homeowners working on home renovation projects, you realize 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.
The easiest way to tell which products are energy efficient is by finding the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package or website. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification upon meeting 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 expenses 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 certainly convincing, and our Traverse City Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A few things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Besides window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add some “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, just change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and are an easy way to put those dollars that would be spent on utility bills back into your pocket. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a great alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural lighting in your home. Windows allow in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on during the day. Open up those curtains 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 remember 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 Traverse City or call 231-538-2175 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.