Just like our summer months here in Beltsville, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home improvement 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.
An easy 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 once they’ve met 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 costs 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 very convincing, and our Beltsville Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A few things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
Aside from 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 $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, just change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and are a great way to put those dollars that would be spent on utility bills back into your pocket. And while we’re discussing lighting…a great 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 curtains instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you include in your home, the more you can find a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. 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 Beltsville or call (301) 685-1715 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.