How to Help Make Your Mankato, Minnesota Home More Energy Efficient
Just like our summer months here in Mankato, energy efficiency remains a hot topic. If you’re a homeowner working on home renovation or remodeling projects, you know just how much of an investment adding “green” products to your home can be.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), since the ENERGY STAR program began, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
The easiest way to tell which products are energy efficient is by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR® label on the product’s package. Products earn ENERGY STAR certification when they’ve met certain efficiency requirements set by the EPA.
Did you know, for a typical home, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-certified windows can save you $101-$538 a year on energy bills according to ENERGY STAR's website on benefits? It’s true – and according to energystar.gov, they could decrease your carbon footprint by an average of 12 percent nationwide, compared to non-certified products.
Those numbers are very convincing, and our Mankato Showroom has what you need to achieve similar results in your own home. A number of things make Pella windows and doors stand out:
- All Pella window and door products have energy efficient options and many achieve ENERGY STAR-requirements.
- We use a Low-E insulating glass with argon to prevent heat from entering your home.
- Our triple-pane glass options block up to 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays.
Aside from window replacement, other appliances – big and small – can add ”green” to your home. For example, exchanging a pre-1994 washing machine with an ENERGY STAR-certified model can save a homeowner $40 a year on utility bills will save on average 1,300 gallons over its lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR's website on dishwashers.
For a cheaper way to save, you only have to change your light bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and are an ideal way to put the money that would be spent on utility bills back into your pocket. And while we’re on the subject of lighting…a good alternative to using artificial lighting is maximizing the natural light sources in your home. Windows let in natural daylight, so you don’t have to have as many lights on during the day. Open up those shades instead of flipping the light switch.
The more “green” features you add to your home, the more you can find a return on investment shown through energy savings and decreased energy bills. And don’t forget that for large-scale replacements like windows and appliances, the cost of the initial product is decreased over time through your energy savings.
Visit your Pella Showroom in Mankato or call 507-625-6933 for more details on Pella’s full line of highly efficient window and door products.