Whether they lean blue or red, there’s still one thing all Americans can agree on — everyone wants to save their green.
Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to save your hard-earned cash is by simply going green around the home. Most people already know about energy efficient light bulbs, and dads everywhere remind their kids to turn off the light switches when leaving a room. However, few people realize they’re leaking money through their windows and doors as well.
You can save power and cash at the same time by simply eliminating wasteful energy loss around the house.
Don’t Throw Money Out The Window
In a typical American house, 15 to 22% of all heat loss occurs through the gaps around residential windows and doors. Over time, harsh weather wears out frames, warping them and leading to even more heat loss the next year. To prevent future leakage, you can invest in much sturdier steel windows and doors to install in your home. Residential doors and windows made from steel keep their integrity better than common alternatives like wood or vinyl.
You paid for the heat; don’t let it leak away.
Energy Efficient Equals Cost Efficient
Steel window and door frames can help in the winter, but over the summer months you can save money, too. Glass with low-e coating lets in the visible light that brightens up your home, but blocks out ultraviolet and infrared light. It’s true that windows manufactured with low-e coatings sometimes cost 10 to 15% more than standard windows. However, they will help reduce energy loss by as much as 50%. And reduced energy loss leads to lower utility bills month after month.
How Much Can You Save, Exactly?
If you replace your old single-pane windows with certified energy-efficient windows, then your household could save as much as $500 a year from reduced energy costs. That’s the price of a brand new flat-screen TV, and then some.
So unless you’re particularly attached to your old fixtures, there’s no reason not to make some simple upgrades around the house. Steel windows and doors and low-e coated windows will save you cash the same way flicking off the (energy-efficient) lightbulbs will.