Everyone is talking about “going green” these days, but the new energy technologies in development will not be available or affordable for the average homeowner anytime in the near future. As we wait for alternative energy sources to come to market, our best defense against the current energy crises is to conserve our resources by making our homes as efficient as possible. More and more contractors are offering affordable energy saving solutions that can be implemented immediately, using traditional, proven methods in combination with the newest technologies on the market today. Further cost savings can be realized with utility company and tax rebates.
“EnergyStar” Rated Windows & Doors
After proper attic ventilation, air sealing & insulation, the next best way to reduce heat and air conditioning loss is to replace older windows & doors with new, highly insulated units that are “EnergyStar” rated and up to current standards. New multi-pane windows with energy efficient glazing, low-E coatings & argon gas offer an ideal way to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. The Low-E feature reflects heat energy during the summer and allows low-angle, visible light to pass into the house and be absorbed in winter. Low-E coatings also help reduce fading of interior materials. Argon Gas filled windows show measurable improvement in thermal performance. Fiberglass insulated doors will add both energy efficiency and beauty to your home with many styles to choose from. There are many EnergyStar rated window & door manufacturers to choose from, and it is recommended to visit the various manufacturer’s showrooms to find a brand that best suits your preferences. A few recommended manufacturers: