As you probably know if you've been trying to find ways to improve your home's energy efficiency, one of the main culprits in home energy loss is the windows. Switching out your windows with ENERGY STAR-certified energy efficient models can save you a large amount of money each year, and will also help you decrease your carbon footprint. Here are some things to know when making the switch to energy efficient windows:
- Try working with your current windows first. A lot of heat loss can be prevented by weather stripping, caulking or sealing ordinary windows. Before buying a whole new set of windows, it's prudent to test whether your own windows might be able to save you as much money as new ones.
- Use the ENERGY STAR climate zones. It's relatively easy to find the proper windows for your region by consulting their ENERGY STAR climate zone ratings. Basically, the country is divided into northern, north-central, south-central and southern zones, with more detailed maps available at the ENERGY STAR website.
- Collect any rebates and tax credits that apply. In many regions, local utilities provide rebates on ENERGY STAR-certified products, and in some cases, you may be able to claim federal tax credits for making these purchases as well. These programs are intended to encourage energy conservation by promoting home energy efficiency.
- Hire a professional. If you're installing a whole new set of windows, unless you're trained in carpentry, it's probably a better idea to hire a contractor to take care of this task for you.
If you're interested in finding out more about how your home can benefit from energy efficiency, schedule a home energy audit with Alban Inspections today.