Now that the green movement is on in full force and we’ve all become conscious of how to make our homes more efficient, the change has started the race for big businesses who supply to our every demands.
Well, now the demands are for more home energy efficient products and suppliers are on the move. We’ve seen some sharp insulation products, some innovative new light bulbs and now we have a type of window that should be all the buzz.
If you do a home energy audit, you’re likely to realize that a large part of your leaks come from around your windows. According to the New York Times, 4% of all heating and cooling loss in the United States comes from windows. As you think about how huge that number really is, there is a solution on the way: low-e windows.
The ‘e’ doesn’t stand for energy, as you might guess; actually it stands for low emissivity.
Energy Department officials are highly encouraging these new windows for new homes. This includes retrofits, storm windows, patio doors and more.
Recently, the prices have come down on this product and overall, they are going to go through the same process as CFL light bulbs as they get integrated into popular production.
Energy efficiency gurus were quick to run out and get the CFL bulbs as soon as they were available but the common family had to understand the benefits. Let’s face it, low-e windows – just like CFL bulbs – cost more than regular ones and the savings aren’t evident right off the bat. It’s not as if you’re buying one brand versus another and saving 10% right away on the purchase price. With these windows, the savings will come over a long period of time – probably years – on your heating and cooling bills, but they will cost you more upfront.
It’s good that they are being encouraged by the department of energy and the prices should come down as the popularity grows. If you’re planning a home energy audit soon, these might be an option for you if you find your windows need to be replaced.