One Step in Home Energy Conservation: Energy Saving Windows
December 12, 2009
As energy costs increase, homeowners wanting to cut utility costs are making home improvements that reduce energy use and expense, while providing increasing comfort and convenience. Replacing old windows with energy saving windows approved by the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program can provide the following benefits:
- Energy saving windows stabilize indoor climate and reduce utility costs
- Protect against excessive heat, cold, and damage by sunlight and moisture
- Available in multiple styles to compliment architectural style and interior decor
- May qualify for federal tax credit--consult your tax professional for details
About Energy Star
You can choose from a wide variety of energy saving windows approved by Energy Star; home improvement retailers, online suppliers and contractors offer styles designed to accommodate your home's design and your budget. Choices of energy saving windows include:
- Window frame material: You can select from a variety of materials including aluminum, wood, and vinyl. These materials are durable and are available pre-finished, or you can choose unfinished wood if desired.
- Insulated glass: Energy saving windows are typically constructed of two or three layers of glass that is treated with an insulation coating or filled with argon or krypton gas between layers of glass.
- Rebates and rewards: Check here for special offers and rebates in your area.
Energy saving windows are a part of a comprehensive energy savings plan for your home. To increase the benefits of your new windows, replacing insulation, roofing, appliances and leaky duct work can increase energy conservation while further reducing utility bills.