7GA Personal Climate Action Center Action of the Week!
There is so much work to do to heal our planet that it can feel overwhelming to determine where to start. That’s why 7th Generation Advisors launched the Personal Climate Action Center, a new initiative designed to encourage people to take individual action against climate change.
Each week we provide one action item for you to take to reduce your carbon emissions. Along with this weekly tip you will find over 80 actions on the Personal Climate Action Center website, where you can sign up and pledge to TAKE ACTION!
Week 27: Action of the Week
Part 2 - Update or Replace Your Windows
Last week we gave some cost-effective tips to insulate and weatherize your home, but to take it to the next level, consider replacing your windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows.
When choosing replacement windows, there are many choices to make. Frame types, type of glass or glazing used, gas fillers and spacers, and operating types all effect the window’s overall energy efficiency. To learn more about the options and to make the most energy efficient choice for your home, check out this information from the Department of Energy.
Replacing your windows with ENERGY STAR windows make your home more energy efficient by keeping cold weather out during cold months, and by keeping cool air in during warm months. Another way to think about this is they help stabilize your home temperature. While new windows are an investment, you will see improvement on your home energy bill as soon as you install them. You will also reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
According to EnergyStar.gov, replacing your single pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows can save from $101–$583 year and 1,006–6,205 pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to 51 to 317 gallons of gasoline. Replacing double pane, clear glass windows with ENERGY STAR windows can save $27–$197 per year and 246–2,001 pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to 13 to 102 gallons of gasoline.
To understand more about window energy efficiency and cost savings, check out this Window Replacement 101 video from Sunrise Windows and Doors.
An added bonus is that not only are there environmental benefits from replacing your windows, but the upgraded windows also reduce noise from outside and add to your home’s value. Consider replacing your windows to lower your carbon footprint AND improve the overall comfort level in your home.
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