According to the greenbiz.com website America collectively wastes $130 billion a year of our energy costs. That my friends is a lot of money. So how can we as individuals start putting the brakes on this waste? We’ll discuss what we can do in our homes to save some energy and go from wasting to saving.
Upgrade to Modern Replacement windows
Simply upgrading your old wood or aluminum windows with modern energy efficient replacement windows is the single biggest thing that you can do to start saving on home energy usage. Installing double glass or even triple glass vinyl windows can cut overall energy usage by as much as 40%. Keep in mind that all replacement windows are not the same.
A big Consideration when buying should be Low E coatings. How many are there? Is it of a quality design. Double glass windows will have 1 to layers of Low E. Whereas triple glass windows can have up to 3. In addition how thick is the space between the glass? Double glass is typically 3/8 of an inch. Whereas triple glass can be 1/2. The more Low E coatings you have the better. And in the long run will save you more money on your summertime cooling bills.
What type of gas is in your windows?
Most home owners aren’t aware that there’s another option to Argon filled windows. There’s Krypton! Just like with super man. Krypton is a heavier more dense gas, that in effect keeps your heat from transferring through the air gaps between the glass panes. What are referred to as Cadillac windows will have triple glass, with double low E, and Krypton gas. Not all companies carry such windows, but the best source in Louisville for the would be Windows Plus. You can find their information below.
Name: Windows Plus
Address: 11501 Plantside Drive, #6
Louisville, KY 40299
Top 10 quickies to cut energy usage
- Wrap your water heater in blanket
- Put a timer on your electric water heater
- Turn off lights when not in use
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs
- Install solar security lights
- Get a programmable thermostat
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Air dry clothes on a line
- 5 minute showers
- Replace antiquated appliances