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Cut costs and carbon with efficient windows and insulation

January 30, 2015

Escaping the sweltering summer heat can mean paying a steeper electric bill to run an air conditioner. Instead of running a costly AC nonstop to remain comfortable, homeowners can look into purchasing energy efficient doors and windows or insulating the home to protect it from the blistering climate. 

Don't let your space turn into a sauna. Energy efficient home features can dramatically improve your comfort and save you a few bucks year round.

The savings
According to Energy Star, typical homes can save anywhere from $146 to just over $500 a year by replacing single-pane windows alone.

Specially designed windows can help keep the heat out during the warmer summer months. Energy Star windows with lower solar heat gain coefficients can keep rooms cooler by blocking more solar energy. At the same time, other windows help keep the heat in during those frigid winter months. 

Thanks to a wide variety of options,energy efficient doors and windows come in all different styles that cater to all climates. Trying to insulate your home? Buy a window with a lower U-factor. Want to guard a particular room from the harsh sun rays? Buy a window with a lower visible transmittance rating. There are dozens of options that make it simple and easy to buy the perfect windows and doors to match your environment. Some sources will even tell exactly what to buy based on your geographic location in order to save you more money and make you comfortable.

Reducing your carbon footprint
There's another fulfilling benefit to purchasing energy efficient doors and windows, too. Energy Star states that roughly 27 percent of the carbon emitted comes from home energy use. Heating and electricity from AC units can contribute a drastic amount. You can help reduce the amount of energy and reduce fossil fuel used simply by changing a few windows and doors and purchasing insulating materials that help keep your space at a comfortable temperature year round. 

Additionally, buying energy efficient windows and doors can be one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of value. According to the Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value report, investing in better windows and doors can add over $7,000 to your home's value. That increase in value combined with the benefit of paying lower heating and electric bills can make purchasing new windows and doors an attractive prospect, especially for home owners trying to lower those hot indoor temperatures.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.