Consider these facts: the typical American family spends $2,000 a year on home utility bills and nearly 25% of our country’s energy is used by homes alone. Where does all that energy go? Unfortunately, some inefficient homes are losing a lot of that energy through leaky windows, ducts, outdated appliances and/or inefficient heating and cooling systems; this boils down to the fact that we’re wasting money. In fact, in 2010 space heating accounted for almost half of typical utility bills. The Energy Department reported that homeowners lose $35 billion in air conditioning and heating costs each year…What bears most of the blame? The answer: ill-fitting or old and drafty windows.
Though windows can be one of your home’s most beautiful features, they can also be the cause of increased heating and cooling bills. Leaky windows are responsible for 10-25% of your heating bill; they also make your air conditioning unit work extra hard in the summer. The good news is that replacement windows can help you reduce energy waste and keep you comfortable, no matter the season.
Worried about the cost of replacement windows and how replacing the windows in your home may factor into your budget? We understand your concern and would encourage you to do some research on home improvement projects that yield the highest return. Spoiler alert: Averaging 72% return on investment, replacement windows are one of the highest returning home improvement investments you can make!
As you consider replacing your old single-pane windows with double-pane windows with energy efficient low-e coating, we’ve got a few easy tips and tricks (some that won’t cost you a dime) to help you make your home more efficient.
Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to help reflect heat away from the house.
Sensors, dimmers and timers are a great way to reduce light usage.
Cut back on electricity use by plugging your home’s electronics into power strips and switch these power strips off when not in use.
Only run the dishwasher, washer machine and dryer when there is a full load. Choose to dry clothes outside in the open air on nice days and let your dishes ‘air dry’ in the dishwasher if you have that option.
Purchase products that have the ENERGY STAR® label as they meet the strict energy efficient guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to light bulbs and home appliances, you can find the ENERGY STAR® label on home office equipment and other electronics.
Located at 910 Cromwell Park Drive in Glen Burnie, MD, Window Nation of Maryland is a family owned and operated replacement window company that specializes in replacement windows. For more information on replacing your windows or to learn about our other products including vinyl siding and entry door systems, please stop by one of our showrooms or contact us today!