The E.P.A. estimates that typical U.S. families spend an average of over $2,000 per year on utility bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cooling and heating your home costs more money and requires more energy than any other system in your home, making up almost 50% of a typical utility bill. However, “by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.” Here’s how energy efficient windows can play into those savings:
What are energy efficient windows?
In short, energy efficient windows are made using glass that has been designed to prevent the transfer of heat. For example, low-emissivity glass (or low-e glass) reflects heat, so it can prevent the escape of heat from inside your house in cold weather and prevent the entry of heat in hot weather. Many energy efficient windows are also double or triple glazed to improve thermal insulation.
What type of energy efficient windows do I need?
Depending on the type of climate you live in, “energy efficient” can mean different things. If you live somewhere that stays warm, you’ll want your windows to help keep your home cool. Of course, if you live in a cooler climate, your windows should help keep the heat inside. If you live somewhere that experiences both hot and cold weather, you can use a combination of different types of energy efficient windows to minimize your energy usage and expenses.
Wherever you live, energy efficient windows can help maximize your energy savings, and Techni-Glass can help you figure out exactly what you need. Contact us via the form below!