Just like our warm summer here in Minneapolis, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you know 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.
An easy way to tell which products are energy efficient is by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. 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 can
decrease your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Minneapolis Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A variety 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, 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 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 a great way to put the cash that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re talking about lighting…a wonderful alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural lighting in your home. Windows allow 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 add to your home, the more you can see a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. 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 Minneapolis or call 612-249-7371 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.