Just like the summer here in Champaign, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation projects, you understand 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. 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 could
reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our Champaign Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A number of 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 utility expenses will save on average 1,300 gallons over its lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR's website on dishwashers.
For a low cost 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 standard incandescent bulbs and are an ideal way to put the cash 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 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 see a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. And keep in mind 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 Champaign or call 217-356-6474 for more information on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.