How to Help Make Your Eau Claire, Wisconsin Home More Energy Efficient
Just like our summer months here in Eau Claire, energy efficiency remains a hot and trendy topic. If you’re like other homeowners working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you know 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.
An easy way to tell which products are energy efficient is by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package or website. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification once they’ve met 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 expenses according to ENERGY STAR's website on benefits? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they can reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Eau Claire Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A number 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 transferring into your home.
- Our triple-pane glass options block up to 95 percent of UV rays from the sun.
Besides window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add a little “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 utility 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, just change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and are an easy way to put the cash that would be spent on utility bills back into your pocket. And while we’re discussing lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural lighting in your home. Windows bring in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on all day. Open up those blinds instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you can enjoy a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. And keep in mind 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 Eau Claire or call 715-836-9301 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.