How to Help Make Your Birmingham, AL Home More Energy Efficient
Just like the summer here in Birmingham, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you understand 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. 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 could decrease your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are very convincing, and our Birmingham Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A variety of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
- All our window and door products have energy efficient options and many achieve ENERGY STAR-requirements.
- We use a Low-E insulating glass with argon to prevent heat from getting into your home.
- Our triple-pane glass options block up to 95 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
Beyond window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add ”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 utility expenses 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, simply 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 the money that would be spent on utility bills back into your pocket. And while we’re talking about lighting…a great 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 include in your home, the more you can enjoy a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility bills. And remember 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 Birmingham or call 877-680-9617 for more on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.