Not-so-fun-fact: the typical American family spends $2,000 a year on their energy bills. Unfortunately, tons of energy and money are wasted through leaky windows, ducts, old appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems. 

While windows can be one of the most beautiful features of your home, drafty windows can be a burden to your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, inefficient windows are responsible for 25% of residential heating and cooling energy use. This causes extra strain on your heating and cooling systems – and higher electric bills. 

If your home has old, outdated, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows.

We offer wood and vinyl windows in a variety of style and color options, so you don’t have to sacrifice curb appeal for energy efficiency.  

Our windows are available in two glass options to keep your home feeling comfortable year-round. If you’re looking for maximum value, consider selecting windows with double pane glass. These windows are equipped with two glass panes coated in two layers of Low-E coating, blocking almost 80% of UV rays from the sun.  

Triple pane glass, however, is the best choice for homeowners looking for maximum energy efficiency. Like double pane windows, these windows are equipped with two layers of Low-E coating. However, triple pane windows include a third pane of glass, blocking 90% of UV rays from the sun. 

Window replacement is a major investment, and we understand you may not be ready to start such a large project at this time. If you’re looking for smaller, more manageable ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider our tips: 

  1. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. 
  2. Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use sensors, dimmers or timers to reduce usage.  
  3. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Even in standby mode, these electronics still use several watts of power. 
  4. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and air-dry dishes and laundry. 
  5. Look for ENERGY STAR ® labels on products such as light bulbs, home appliances, and electronics. ENERGY STAR ® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. 
  6. Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended. 
  7. Consider using a programmable thermostat to control the temperature of your home from the convenience of an app. 
  8. Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch. 

When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule an in-home estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and discuss your options so you can find the best fit for your budget. You’ll then receive a quote good for up to six months. If you’re considering financing your project, we also offer budget-friendly deals to help you get the windows of your dreams. When you’re ready to start your window replacement project, schedule your in-home estimate at WindowNation.com 

Everyone is talking about being energy efficient. We all know to shut the lights off, turn down the heat and don’t let the water run, but is there other things we can do to keep our energy usage down? Of course there is! Here are five uncommon ways to be more energy efficient.

  1. Install new eco-friendly shower heads. Moving water in any way into your home takes energy. In order to pump it in from a well you need electricity to power the water pump. If you have public water supply, it still takes electricity to move it in and out of your home. Heating that water that you just moved into your home takes even more energy. Using a low pressure shower head will dump less gallons per minute than an older, high pressure model. The lower pressure models of today are manufactured to lessen the amount of water per minute, but still give you a nice refreshing shower.

  2. Install new replacement vinyl windows. Old windows will crack, warp and move over the years. This causes them to move inside their opening in your exterior wall. This creates cracks and holes that allow for heat to escape and cold air to come in. Some window defects can be repaired, but nothing is as sure as replacing your old, cold windows with new, vinyl replacement windows. Learn more about energy efficient windows.

  3. Block your un-used chimney. If you do not use your chimney anymore, blocking it is the way to go. You can call a professional and have them officially cap it off, or you can stuff old blankets or newspapers up in it. Unused chimneys can be an open freeway for cold air to come in and warm air to go outside. Do not block off your chimney, if there’s any chance that you may use it. A good idea is to put a sign on your fireplace or stove that lets everyone know that the chimney is blocked and not able to be used.

  4. Toilet water control. Using less water in your toilet is an easy and effective way to lessen your water usage. Placing a rock or brick in your toilet tank will lessen the amount of water used per flush, but still have enough to have a clean flush.

  5. Shut off your coffee pot. After your coffee is done brewing, shut your machine off. Put your hot coffee in an insulated thermos to keep it hot all day, without the added electricity. If you add hot water to your thermos and let it sit for a few minutes before adding your hot coffee, then your thermos will be preheated and ready to hold your hot coffee for hours to come!

Being more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a big change. Small steps can add up and make a big difference on your energy usage!

Here at Window Nation we’re always looking for ways to create a more energy efficient home. To share the knowledge, we’ve put together the top 6 tips to make your home more energy efficient and thus save money on your utility bills and cut down on our resource use.

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient 

For more information on energy saving tips as well as our replacement windows, entry doors, or vinyl siding for your home in Virginia, Maryland or Ohio, contact us today!