If you have heard about the savings of installing energy efficient windows, you may have many questions. Many people wonder if it is really worth paying more for these windows or replacing their existing windows, just to reduce their energy consumption. Getting answers to the questions you have will help you make an informed decision as to whether energy efficient windows are the right option for your home. Here are a few of the questions you may have and the answers.
How Much Energy Can You Really Save With Energy Efficient Windows?
Unfortunately, there is not a specific amount of energy that you can expect to save by installing energy efficient windows over the windows you have now. The age of your current windows, the type of the windows, and the weather conditions where you live all affect how much energy you use compared to someone else. As a general rule of thumb, you will save up to 15 percent on your energy bill if you replace old, drafty double pane windows with new energy efficient windows. If your current windows aren't that bad, your savings will be less. If your current windows are drafty and single pane, your savings may be more.
Won't the Higher Cost of the Energy Efficient Windows Eat Up Any Money Saved With Them?
Energy efficient windows are more costly than non-energy efficient windows. Sure, you may save some money on your energy bill, but may find yourself wondering if, even after that savings, you will come out ahead with energy efficient windows. Thanks to tax grants and energy savings, many people find that they while they are paying a bit more upfront for these windows, the cost balances out and is comparable with traditional windows in the long run. Additionally, these windows help you do your part to conserve energy and save the environment and that is something that you cannot put a price tag on.
How Do I Know if Windows are Energy Efficient?
In the United States, energy efficient windows are given an Energy Star label. An energy star label lets you know that the windows meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, standards for energy efficiency. This is the same label you will see on energy efficient appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators.
If your existing windows are aging and you are looking to reduce your energy consumption and go green, energy efficient windows can be a great choice for your home. Contact companies like Statewide Energy Solutions if you have any additional questions about these windows. They can help you select the windows that best meet your needs.