Just like our summer months here in Santa Fe, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you realize just how valuable 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 looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification upon meeting certain efficiency requirements set 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
reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are certainly convincing, and our Santa Fe 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 some “green” to your home. For example, exchanging 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 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 pocket. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural lighting in your home. Windows let in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on in daylight hours. Open up those shades instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you can see a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. And don’t forget 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 Santa Fe or call 505-373-1286 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.