I often wondered if window shades improve energy efficiency or not. So, I decided to dig around to get the facts. Here’s the cold truth (yes pun intended)! Well it turned out to be true, the fact that window shades improve energy efficiency. But like just about everything else in the world of energy savings, not all window shades are created equal. It’s just like comparing low-e windows from manufacturer to manufacturer. Do you think a $100 window has the same energy star rating as a $400 window? Not! Anyway, let’s get right to it: Read more
As we head into winter and the thermometer begins to plummet, you may want to consider energy efficient window covers. Yep, you heard me right, “energy efficient window covers.” Who would have thought that your window treatments would have an R-Value? Even more surprising, is that many window treatment manufacturers today actually list the R-Value on their packaging. My how times have changed! Read more
The term Smart Glass may be sound like some sci-fi futuristic fantasy for windows of the future but it is very real and available in the present. While you won’t see it in the average household just yet, the homes of the not so distant future will more than likely all be equipped with smart glass. This technology can dynamically control the amount of heat and light that enters your home. Read more
When we look at window trends for 2016 we realize that every window of your home offers a new opportunity for creativity. Moving from room to room within your home you can create a unique look depending on how you plan to utilize the space. Read more
Wasting energy not only has a negative effect on the environment but it will also impact your monthly budget and adversely affect your wallet. With a very little effort and strategic planning you can easily reduce your monthly utility bill. With winter just around the corner, here are a few tips to help you transform your residence into an energy efficient home. Read more
One of the more common home remodeling projects is a complete bathroom makeover. If you own an older home and are upgrading your bathroom, be sure to include new bathroom windows in your plans. Older windows that are worn out can adversely affect the look of your bathroom and may even comprise the safety and security of your home. Read more
The largest costs in your budget are more than likely your mortgage, property taxes, and insurance, and for the most part these expenses will be fixed charges and will be consistent each month. One portion of your budget that you can effect with a little effort is your home energy costs. When considering the home energy saving tips below on an individual basis, they may offer very little savings. However; when combined the accumulated savings may result in a huge reduction in your expenses on an annual basis.
A question that often arises is whether or not Low-E Windows are energy efficient and will they reduce my energy bill? The term Low-E refers to materials that have low thermal emissivity, meaning that the material reflects a high percentage of radiant thermal energy and allow just a small percentage of thermal energy to pass through. So in the case of a Low-E window, the answer is simple: Yes Low-E windows are energy efficient and yes, Low-E windows will reduce your energy bill each month.
Thinking about upgrading your home windows to Energy Star® Windows? Take the Home Energy Assessment Survey so you can see the before and after results and determine the overall efficiency of your home. Follow this link to the Energy Star® Home Energy Yardstick online analysis calculator. Take the home energy assessment survey now and once again after your new windows have been installed. This is a great tool to help you calculate and understand the savings you have realized by installing your new energy efficient windows. Compare the before and after reports to see your actual savings and how you stack up as compared to other homes in your area.
If you live in an older home installing new windows will save energy costs. Older single pane windows are far less efficient when compared to new high-performance windows which are constructed with two panes of glass and a Low-E Coating. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and reduce the heat loss through the windows by 10 to 20 percent depending on the style of the existing windows.
Installing New Windows Will Save Energy, But How Much?
Yes it is true that an upgrade to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and thus reduce your monthly utility bill. However the amount you will save varies greatly depending on what area of the country you live in. The style and condition of your current windows can affect your savings as well. While upgrading from double pane windows to ENERGY STAR® windows will reward you with some savings, the payback is far greater if you current windows are single pane.