During Energy Awareness Month in October, make sure to check up on your windows.
U.S. Department of Energy experts have put together a three-step checklist of information for homeowners considering a window replacement project. Start by considering the design of your home and the climate in relationship to the energy performance of the windows you select. Next, select windows that meet your energy performance requirements. Finally, take the steps necessary to ensure the proper installation of windows to maximize their energy efficiency. In-depth details on these three steps can be found at http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/windows_doors_skylights/index.cfm/mytopic=13340.
At the ENERGY STAR website, homeowners can also find a comprehensive “What You Can Do” checklist (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=energy_awareness.awareness_you_can_do) that includes a free five-minute home energy assessment for the home (https://www.energystar.govindex.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted). And, for an online view of potential cost savings when upgrading to ENERGY STAR windows for the home, visit https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=windows_doors.pr_benefits.
And, for free booklets on energy tips and selecting replacement windows, visit www.simonton.com.