How to Make Your Calgary, AB Home More Energy Efficient
Just like our warm summer here in Calgary, energy efficiency remains a sizzling topic. If you’re one of the many homeowners working on home improvement projects, you realize just how valuable it is to add “green” products to your home.
Adopting energy-efficient products in your home will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they will save you money in yearly utility costs. According to the Natural Resources Canada website, windows and doors can account for up to 25% of the total heat loss in your home.
An easy way to tell which products are energy efficient is by finding the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s packaging. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification when they’ve met certain efficiency requirements determined by the EPA.
Did you know ENERGY STAR-qualified windows could save you $146-$501 a year on energy bills? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they could lower your carbon footprint by seven to 15 percent, as well.
Those numbers are pretty convincing, and our Calgary Showroom has everything you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A few things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
- Many of our window and
door products are ENERGY STAR-certified.
- We use a Low-E insulating glass with argon to prevent heat from getting into your home.
- Our triple-pane glass options block up to 95 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
- Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors have been rated No. 1 for energy efficiency among top national brands.
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 up to $110 a year on utility bills and use up to 50 percent less energy than standard models, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For a cheaper way to save, you only have to change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs will use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and are a great way to put those dollars that would be spent on utility bills back into the bank. And while we’re discussing lighting…a wonderful alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light in your home. Windows let in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have the lights on in daylight hours. Open up those curtains instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you’ll see a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. And keep in mind that for large-scale replacements like windows and appliances, the cost of the initial product is lessened over time through your energy savings.
Visit your Pella Showroom in Calgary or call 403-681-6363 for more information on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.