Just like the summer here in St. Paul, energy efficiency remains a hot 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.
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 looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package or website. 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
reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our St. Paul 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, switching 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 cheaper 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 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 all day. Open up those curtains instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you include in your home, the more you can see 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 St. Paul or call 651-213-9049 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.