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If you want to keep your energy expenditures to a minimum, you should be aware of the importance of having effective insulation and energy-efficient windows in your home. Consult these excellent online resources for more information, and call Progressive Insulation & Windows at (818) 709-0988 for a professional window replacement estimate.
1. If your energy bills are too high, it could be that your home isn’t getting enough natural light during the day. In this informative article, National Geographic offers some insight into the environmental benefits of windows.
2. To learn how a well-insulated home could help you rein in your energy bill, read this article from Energy.gov.
3. This article from CNN Money outlines some of the benefits of home renovation and energy-efficient window replacement.
4. For tips on dressing up your bay and bow windows, check out this guide from Better Homes and Gardens.
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During this period of economic recovery and increasing environmental awareness, California homeowners are looking to save energy and save money. To achieve both goals, California residents may consider decreasing their current home energy usage and spending through efficiency upgrades.
With energy-efficient improvements, including home insulation and window replacement, homeowners can cut their energy costs and prolong the life of their appliances. If you are considering energy-efficient upgrades, take a look at the following four trends affecting California homeowners today:
Trend #1: Home Energy Costs Are Staggering
Americans currently spend $241 billion dollars a year on home energy use. That means one in every five dollars spent goes toward home energy costs. In 2009, California residents spent an average of $2,838.67 per person on energy costs. Most of our home energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. According to Energy Star, if a skilled contractor insulates and seals a home, the homeowner may realize a 20 percent cost savings on heating and cooling and close to a 10 percent overall cost savings on energy.
Trend #2: Older Homes Desperately Need Upgrades
Millions of California homes have inflated heating and cooling costs due to outdated insulation and windows. The California Energy Commission reports that more than 50 percent of California residences were built before 1978, when the state first implemented its building and energy-efficiency standards. Only about 20 percent of homes built before 1980 have proper insulation, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. Furthermore, about half of all U.S. homes built prior to 1990 lack double- or triple-pane energy-efficient windows. Residents with older homes can reduce energy usage and realize thousands of dollars in cost savings with insulation and window upgrades.
Trend # 3: California Policy and Incentive Programs Favor Energy-Neutral Homes
In 2008, The California Public Utilities Commission approved changes to the state’s building energy-efficiency standards (Title 24) for new residential construction. By the year 2020, all new homes built in California must be energy neutral. With an influx of energy-neutral homes into the real estate market, by comparison, older homes without energy-efficient upgrades will become less desirable and may even decrease in re-sale value. Through the Energy Upgrade California program, homeowners can receive up to $4,000 dollars in rebates and incentives for measured performance through air seal, insulation, and window upgrades. Some homeowners may qualify for Southern California Gas Company’s attic and wall insulation rebate program, too.
Trend # 4: Poor Installation Decreases A Product’s Effectiveness
Even a tiny installation error can have dire consequences. For example, a two to three percent gap in attic insulation will decrease the performance of that insulation by about 50 percent! Although many contractors will offer window installation as a service, working with a C-2 insulation and acoustical licensed contractor will increase the efficiency of your new windows by reducing air leaks in the building materials surrounding the window.
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26 Facts & Tips About California Home Energy Efficiency
In 2009, Californians spent an average of $2,838.67 per person on energy. That's $622 less than the US average. Via @ENERGY. #ProgPro (Tweet This)
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60% of U.S. homes are heated and cooled by ducted forced air systems, which are only 60-75% efficient. Via @ENERGY #ProgPro (Tweet This)
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Windows provide much more than aesthetic value: They play an enormous role in providing individual rooms with natural light and maintaining a consistent temperature inside your home. That’s why it’s important to take the time to pick the right kind of window for your home. The most popular types of residential windows include:
If your primary goal is to add natural light to a room, a fixed window may be the most convenient and cost-effective option. Fixed windows cannot be opened and they are commonly used for decorative purposes or to complement other windows in a room. Fixed windows are great for bathrooms, hallways, and near ceilings.
The most common type of window in most residences, the double-hung window is made of two overlapping sashes, one of which can be slid to one side in order to open the window. If you’re looking to keep air-conditioned air from escaping from a room yet still have the ability to open the window, a double-hung window is your most dependable option.
Casement windows are hinged windows that swing open from the side. They are a popular choice in warm climates that receive little rain since they make it easy to air out rooms. Casement windows are always placed in easily accessible spots and are easy to keep clean.
An awning window is similar to a casement window, except that it is hinged at the top and opens from the bottom. Awning windows are ideal for rainy areas because they can be opened during downpours; instead of entering the home, the water will slide off the open sill.
Bays and Bows
A bay or bow window opens outward. It is generally large, taking up more room than most windows. Its benefits are considerable: Bay windows make a room look bigger, provide plenty of natural light, and has room for plants, vases, and other decorative touches. Bay windows are popular for their visual effects on a room.
If you would like help exploring your window options, consult with the experts at Progressive Insulation & Windows. You can learn more about our high-quality replacement windows by calling (818) 709-0988 today.
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These retrofit windows were installed by Progressive's Craftsman Crew. Not only beautiful, but functional. They are well insulated windows.
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When it comes to conserving energy at home, don’t overlook the importance of your windows. Buying the right kind of windows can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.
As this video explains, you should always look for the Energy Star label when you buy replacement windows for your home. Energy-efficient windows are designed to keep inside air from leaking out of your home—or outside air from trickling into your home. This makes it easier for you to maintain a steady temperature, and reduces the need to run your heater or air conditioner.
To learn which replacement windows will best suit the needs of your home, consult the experts at Progressive Insulation & Windows. Our team of licensed professionals has provided high-quality window installation and replacement services to Southern California homeowners for 30 years. For more information, call (818) 709-0988.