How to Help Make Your Sheridan, Wyoming Home More Energy Efficient
Just like our warm summer here in Sheridan, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home renovation projects, you know just how valuable it is to add “green” products to your home.
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.
One way you can tell which products are energy efficient is by spotting the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification when they’ve met certain efficiency requirements set 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 may lower your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Sheridan 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 entering your home.
- Our triple-pane glass options block up to 95 percent of UV rays from the sun.
Aside from window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add a little “green” to your home. For example, switching 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 an easy way to put the money that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re talking about lighting…a great alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light sources in your home. Windows bring in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on during the day. Open up those blinds instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you include in your home, the more you can see a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased utility expenses. And don’t forget 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 Sheridan or call 307-429-0175 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.